- 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
Related Words for moilingstrive, travail, strain, work, drive, grind, plod, sweat, struggle, back, drudge, toil, slave, endeavor, tend, cultivate, tug, fag
Examples from the Web for moiling
Historical Examples of moiling
Where the eager crowd is moiling, struggling on with weary tread!Rippling Rhymes
You'll have a little something to live on; and that's all I've done with my toiling and moiling.Sarah's School Friend
Like a plough-horse, I have always to be moiling and toiling.Madame Bovary
And a whole army now toiling and moiling for him every night, for him the chief and master.The Bill-Toppers
Patriotism, racialism, unionism, had all been lost in a moiling megalopolitanism.This Crowded Earth
- 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 for moil
"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.).