[ 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.
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.
Words nearby moil
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
OTHER WORDS FROM moilmoil·er, nounmoil·ing·ly, adverbun·moiled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for moiler
/ (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)
Derived forms of moilmoiler, 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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