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.
- moiler, noun
- moil·ing·ly, adverb
- un·moiled, adjective
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How to use moil in a sentence
Others toil and moil all their lives long—and the very dogs are not pitiful in our days, as they were in the days of Lazarus.North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The auld moil was nane so weel furnished i' the heid, but bairnies and beasts were unco' fond o' 'im.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
Would he come clean through the moil, winning honor and his place among men?The Promise | James B. Hendryx
He has no taste for the toil and moil of money-getting,—a refined, studious, thoughtful young man.A Little Girl of Long Ago | Amanda Millie Douglas
Ginet-moils, gennet-moil, a kind of apple ripe before others.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened | Kenelm Digby
British Dictionary definitions for moil
to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
(intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
- moiler, noun
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