- 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
- 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 moiler
"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.).