- to work hard; drudge.
- to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
- 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.
Origin of moil
Examples from the Web for moil
And why should men toil and moil when they had been the masters of the world?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I'll juist tak' a leuk at the grave, moil, gin ye'll hae an ee on the dog.Greyfriars Bobby
Toil and moil every day from your first breath to your last, and what good does it bring you?Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
Why, then, toil and moil for mere vanities that we must leave behind us?Bonaparte in Egypt and the Egyptians of To-day
Haji A. Browne
There were people who were rich; people who did not have to toil and moil—people who lived in plenty.Wang the Ninth
- to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
- (intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
- toil; drudgery
- confusion; turmoil
Word Origin and History for moil
"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.
"toil, labor," 1612, from moil (v.).