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[moil] /mɔɪl/
verb (used without object)
to work hard; drudge.
to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to wet or smear.
hard work or drudgery.
confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.
Origin of moil
1350-1400; Middle English moillen to make or get wet and muddy < Middle French moillier < Vulgar Latin *molliāre, derivative of Latin mollis soft
Related forms
moiler, noun
moilingly, adverb
unmoiled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moiled
Historical Examples
  • I like a fool, toiled and moiled for her night and day and this is my reward.'

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • They toiled and moiled till they were quite exhausted, but all in vain.

  • You see I was the adventurer, the man mussed and moiled by life and its problems.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • It seems as if the earth toiled and moiled to simply supply her wants.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • He had toiled and moiled, day and night, and been faithful to his trust.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • It seems that Mr. Crisp here has toiled and moiled for many years, keeping you in comparative luxury and idleness.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • She had toiled and moiled, and brought up her boys and girls in a way that won her pastor's heart.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • Though all his life long he had toiled and moiled, he only left his widow and son two hundred florins.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • Thus they toiled and moiled, with their heads and shoulders in smoke and fire, and their feet in water.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The Horse and moiled Oxe wrought to an vntimely death, yet double the time of their increase.

    A New Orchard And Garden William Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for moiled


to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
(intransitive) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
toil; drudgery
confusion; turmoil
Derived Forms
moiler, noun
Word Origin
C14 (to moisten; later: to work hard in unpleasantly wet conditions) from Old French moillier, ultimately from Latin mollis soft
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Word Origin and History for moiled



"to labour in the mire" [Johnson], c.1400, from Old French moillier "to wet, moisten" (12c., Modern French mouiller), from Vulgar Latin *molliare, from Latin mollis "soft," from PIE *mel- "soft" (see mild). Related: Moiled; moiling.



"toil, labor," 1612, from moil (v.).

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