- 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 moiled
I like a fool, toiled and moiled for her night and day and this is my reward.'An Anarchist Woman
They toiled and moiled till they were quite exhausted, but all in vain.The King of Root Valley
You see I was the adventurer, the man mussed and moiled by life and its problems.Marching Men
It seems as if the earth toiled and moiled to simply supply her wants.Days and Nights in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
He had toiled and moiled, day and night, and been faithful to his trust.The Turtles of Tasman
- 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 moiled
"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.).