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toil

play
noun \ˈtȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of toil

  1. 1 archaic a :  struggle, battleb :  laborious effort

  2. 2 :  long strenuous fatiguing labor

toilful

play \-fəl\ adjective

toilfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of toil

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to work hard and long

  3. 2 :  to proceed with laborious effort :  plod

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  overwork

  6. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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toil

noun

Definition of toil

  1. 1 :  a net to trap game

  2. 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

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


First Known Use: circa 1529


TOIL Defined for English Language Learners


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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

play
noun \ˈtȯil\

Definition of toil for Students

  1. :  long hard labor


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toil

play
verb

Definition of toil for Students

toiled

toiling

  1. 1 :  to work hard and long

  2. 2 :  to go on with effort <They were toiling up a steep hill.>



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