moil

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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to wet or smear.
noun
  1. hard work or drudgery.
  2. confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
  3. Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
  4. Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.

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
Related formsmoil·er, nounmoil·ing·ly, adverbun·moiled, adjective
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moil

verb
  1. to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
  2. (intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
noun
  1. toil; drudgery
  2. confusion; turmoil
Derived Formsmoiler, 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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Word Origin and History for moil
v.

"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.

n.

"toil, labor," 1612, from moil (v.).

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