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moil

[moil] /mɔɪl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to work hard; drudge.
2.
to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
verb (used with object)
3.
Archaic. to wet or smear.
noun
4.
hard work or drudgery.
5.
confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
6.
Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
7.
Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.
Origin of moil
1350-1400
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
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Examples from the Web for moiled
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  • 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
  • I like a fool, toiled and moiled for her night and day and this is my reward.'

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • You see I was the adventurer, the man mussed and moiled by life and its problems.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • They toiled and moiled till they were quite exhausted, but all in vain.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

moil

/mɔɪl/
verb
1.
to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
2.
(intransitive) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
noun
3.
toil; drudgery
4.
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

moil

v.

"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.

n.

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

moil

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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