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toil

noun \ ˈtȯi(-ə)l \

Definition of toil

1 : long strenuous fatiguing labor
2 archaic
b : laborious effort

toilful

play \-fəl\ adjective

toilfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of toil

Middle English toile, from Anglo-French toyl, from toiller

Synonym Discussion of toil

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.
    • too tired to do any work
labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.
    • farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor
travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.
    • years of travail were lost when the house burned
toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.
    • his lot would be years of back-breaking toil
drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.
    • an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery
grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.
    • the grind of the assembly line

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toil

verb

Definition of toil

intransitive verb
1 : to work hard and long
2 : to proceed with laborious effort : plod
transitive verb
1 archaic : overwork
2 archaic : to get or accomplish with great effort

toiler

play \ˈtȯi-lər\ noun

Examples of toil in a Sentence

  1. workers toiling in the fields

  2. They were toiling up a steep hill.

Origin and Etymology of toil

Middle English, to argue, struggle, from Anglo-French toiller to make dirty, fight, wrangle, from Latin tudiculare to crush, grind, from tudicula machine for crushing olives, diminutive of tudes hammer; akin to Latin tundere to beat — more at contusion

toil Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, labor, travail, tug, work
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

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toil

noun

Definition of toil

1 : a net to trap game
2 : something by which one is held fast or inextricably involved : snare, trap usually used in plural
  • caught in the toils of the law

Origin and Etymology of toil

Middle French toile cloth, net, from Old French teile, Latin tela cloth on a loom — more at subtle


TOIL Defined for English Language Learners

toil

verb

Definition of toil for English Language Learners

  • : to work very hard for a long time

  • : to move slowly and with a lot of effort


TOIL Defined for Kids

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toil

noun \ ˈtȯil \

Definition of toil for Students

: long hard labor

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toil

verb

Definition of toil for Students

toiled; toiling
1 : to work hard and long
2 : to go on with effort
  • They were toiling up a steep hill.


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