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verb (used without object)
  1. to work hard; drudge.
  2. to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to wet or smear.
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  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.
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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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Examples from the Web for moiled

Historical Examples

  • I like a fool, toiled and moiled for her night and day and this is my reward.'

    An Anarchist Woman

    Hutchins Hapgood

  • They toiled and moiled till they were quite exhausted, but all in vain.

  • You see I was the adventurer, the man mussed and moiled by life and its problems.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson

  • It seems as if the earth toiled and moiled to simply supply her wants.

  • He had toiled and moiled, day and night, and been faithful to his trust.

British Dictionary definitions for moiled


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

Word Origin

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 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.

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

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