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moil

[ moil ]
/ mɔɪl /
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Definition of moil

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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English mollen, mulllen, “to make or get wet and muddy,” from Middle French moillier, from unrecorded 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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