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moil

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verb \ˈmȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of moil

chiefly dialect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make wet or dirty

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to work hard :  drudge

  5. 2 :  to be in continuous agitation :  churn, swirl

moil·er noun


Examples of moil

  1. <miners moiling all day in the sunless recesses of the earth>

  2. <the angry mob moiled around the courthouse>



Origin of moil

Middle English mollen, moillen, from Anglo-French moiller, from Vulgar Latin *molliare, from Latin mollis soft — more at mollify


First Known Use: 15th century


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moil

noun

Definition of moil

  1. 1 :  hard work :  drudgery

  2. 2 :  confusion, turmoil



Examples of moil

  1. <went for a retreat at the monastery for a temporary respite from the moil of the modern world>

  2. <fed up with the moil and moneygrubbing of Wall Street, he decided to open a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont>



1612

First Known Use of moil

1612

Rhymes with moil


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