moil


1moil

verb \ˈmi(-ə)l\

Definition of MOIL

transitive verb
chiefly dialect
:  to make wet or dirty
intransitive verb
1
:  to work hard :  drudge
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

2moil

noun

Definition of MOIL

1
:  hard work :  drudgery

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>

First Known Use of MOIL

1612

Rhymes with MOIL

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