[ moil ]
/ mɔɪl /

verb (used without object)

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

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to wet or smear.


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 forms

moil·er, nounmoil·ing·ly, adverbun·moiled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moil


/ (mɔɪl) archaic, or dialect /


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

Derived Forms

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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