moil

[ 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.

noun

QUIZZES

DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
decorum

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 moil

moil·er, nounmoil·ing·ly, adverbun·moiled, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for moiler

moil
/ (mɔɪl) archaic, or dialect /

verb

to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
(intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)

noun

toil; drudgery
confusion; turmoil

Derived forms of moil

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012