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verb \ˈmȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of moil

chiefly dialectal

  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

moiler

noun

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Examples of moil in a sentence

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

  2. the angry mob moiled around the courthouse

Did You Know?

Moil may mean "to work hard" but its origins are the opposite of hard; it ultimately derives from Latin mollis, meaning "soft." (Other English derivatives of mollis are emollient, mollify, and mollusk.) A more immediate ancestor of moil is the Anglo-French verb moiller, meaning "to make wet, dampen," and one of the early meanings of moil in English was "to become wet and muddy." The "work hard" sense of moil appears most frequently in the pairing "toil and moil." Both moil and toil can also be nouns meaning "work." Moil implies work that is drudgery and toil suggests prolonged and fatiguing labor.

Origin and Etymology 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 in a sentence

  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

1611

First Known Use of moil

1611


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