moil

[ moil ]
/ mɔɪl /
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verb (used without object)

to work hard; drudge.
to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to wet or smear.

noun

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM moil

moiler, nounmoil·ing·ly, adverbun·moiled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for moil

moil
/ (mɔɪl) archaic, or dialect /

verb

to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
(intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)

noun

toil; drudgery
confusion; turmoil

Derived forms of moil

moiler, noun

Word Origin for moil

C14 (to moisten; later: to work hard in unpleasantly wet conditions) from Old French moillier, ultimately from Latin mollis soft
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