toil

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noun

hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort.
a laborious task.
Archaic. battle; strife; struggle.

verb (used without object)

to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields.
to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.

verb (used with object)

to accomplish or produce by toil.

Nearby words

  1. togs,
  2. togue,
  3. toheroa,
  4. tohubohu,
  5. tohunga,
  6. toile,
  7. toile de jouy,
  8. toilet,
  9. toilet bowl,
  10. toilet paper

Origin of toil

1
1250–1300; Middle English toile (noun), toilen (v.) < Anglo-French toil contention, toiler to contend < Latin tudiculāre to stir up, beat, verbal derivative of tudicula machine for crushing olives, equivalent to tudi- (stem of tundere to beat) + -cula -cule2

Related formstoil·er, nounun·toil·ing, adjective

toil

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[toil]

noun

Usually toils. a net or series of nets in which game known to be in the area is trapped or into which game outside of the area is driven.
Usually toils. trap; snare: to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
Archaic. any snare or trap for wild beasts.

Origin of toil

2
1520–30; < French toile < Latin tēla web

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British Dictionary definitions for toil

toil

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noun

hard or exhausting work
an obsolete word for strife

verb

(intr) to labour
(intr) to progress with slow painful movementsto toil up a hill
(tr) archaic to achieve by toil
Derived Formstoiler, noun

Word Origin for toil

C13: from Anglo-French toiler to struggle, from Old French toeillier to confuse, from Latin tudiculāre to stir, from tudicula machine for bruising olives, from tudes a hammer, from tundere to beat

noun

(often plural) a net or snarethe toils of fortune had ensnared him
archaic a trap for wild beasts

Word Origin for toil

C16: from Old French toile, from Latin tēla loom

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