- painfully difficult or burdensome work; toil.
- pain, anguish or suffering resulting from mental or physical hardship.
- the pain of childbirth.
- to suffer the pangs of childbirth; be in labor.
- to toil or exert oneself.
Origin of travail
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Examples from the Web for travail
But it could be that Travail knew of the value of Sutter's shell collection.
As he drove he mused over what Travail would say when he saw these shells.
"I was looking for my tobacco pouch," Travail replied easily.
"I'll do nothing of the sort," said Travail, starting to back away.
His hands shook, his stalwart frame trembled as with the agony of travail.His Masterpiece
- painful or excessive labour or exertion
- the pangs of childbirth; labour
- (intr) to suffer or labour painfully, esp in childbirth
Word Origin and History for travail
"labor, toil," mid-13c., from Old French travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from Vulgar Latin *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in Late Latin trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from Latin tripalis "having three stakes" (from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from late 13c.