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[toil-fuh l] /ˈtɔɪl fəl/
characterized by or involving toil; laborious; toilsome.
Origin of toilful
First recorded in 1590-1600; toil1 + -ful
Related forms
toilfully, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were slow, but we could trace their toilful progress up the lower valleys.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • In vain they sought them through the toilful path and beneath the burning sun; the kine were nowhere to be found.

  • During their slow, toilful walks she appeared to be dragging with her for a penance the burden of that infirm bulk.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • Sighing and groaning, as if with great reluctance, the tugboat began again its toilful course up the stream.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Again and again, with toilful searching, I recalled that apparition.

  • Thus doth benignant Heaven lighten the heavy pressure of toilful industry!

  • These were our farewells to each other in this world, a fitting finish to the tragedies of our toilful and thankless lives.

    The Trail of the Tramp A-No. 1 (AKA Leon Ray Livingston)
  • In the side caon down which we worked our sublime and toilful way it was easy to see the work done.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren
  • But the rough hands clearly showed that the slumberer had led a hard and toilful life.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
  • And yet it all depends on the toilful conquest of a subtle and intricate art.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

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