verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of toil1
Origin of toil2
Examples from the Web for toil
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
In the years 1914-18, women flooded into the workplace to take on the toil of men conscripted to fight.
But football is a game in which a moment of magic can undo an hour of toil.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory|Tunku Varadarajan|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These early British settlers soon established tobacco then sugar cane plantations and started importing workers to toil on them.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.Churchill Would Be Famous Today on the Strength of His Writing Alone|Anthony Paletta|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two hours of toil up the steep mountain brought me to the top of a spur.Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches|Theodore Roosevelt
She gestured toward the lower caves, whence the sounds of smithy-work and other toil drifted upward.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
When I pass through them I am a thousand miles from the city with its toil and pain, its strife and sorrow.Some Summer Days in Iowa|Frederick John Lazell
Never doth morning come, but it seeth them at their toil, where they labor without ceasing in the midst of reek and smoke.Stories of the Old world|Alfred John Church
I see it as a fearful thing, towering, expanding, upheld by the toil and the agony of millions.The Journal of Arthur Stirling|Upton Sinclair
Word Origin for toil
Word Origin for toil
"hard work," c.1300, "turmoil, contention, dispute," from Anglo-French toil (13c.), from toiler "agitate, stir up, entangle," from Old French toeillier "drag about, make dirty" (12c.), usually said to be from Latin tudiculare "crush with a small hammer," from tudicula "mill for crushing olives, instrument for crushing," from root of tundere "to pound" (see obtuse). Sense of "hard work, labor" (1590s) is from the related verb (see toil (v.)).
"net, snare," 1520s, from Middle French toile "hunting net, cloth, web" (cf. toile d'araignée "cobweb"), from Old French teile, from Latin tela "web, woven stuff," related to texere "to weave" (see texture). Now used largely in plural (caught in the toils of the law).
c.1300, toilen, "pull at, tug;" late 14c. as "struggle, work, labor," from Anglo-French tuailler, Old French toellier (see toil (n.1)). Related: Toiled; toiling.