hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort.
a laborious task.
Archaic. battle; strife; struggle.
to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields.
to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.
to accomplish or produce by toil.
- toiler, noun
- un·toil·ing, adjective
Other definitions for toil (2 of 2)
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How to use toil in a sentence
The reward for all that toil is something part liquid, part solid that has zero electrical resistance at room temperature—making it a superconductor.Transparent aluminum, and 5 more remarkable metals | Shi En Kim | August 2, 2022 | Popular-Science
For me, at least, suffering on the trail means that the pain and toil tend to crowd out space for convenience.What Did I Learn from the Swampy Muck of the Florida Trail? That I’m a Kink Hiker. | Patty Hodapp | February 27, 2022 | Outside Online
The Disc Embedding Theorem rewrites a proof completed in 1981 by Michael Freedman — about an infinite network of discs — after years of solitary toil on the California coast.
The best applications are often those made at the last minute, because applicants do not overthink their responses and toil over details they think need to be shoved into a question.You can’t hack your YC application, but here’s what to avoid | Ram Iyer | August 26, 2021 | TechCrunch
Yes, progress is being made, but it must be faster if the current toils of agency execs are anything to go by.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was rejoicing in the upheaval that permitted debts to be paid with a bludgeon and money to be made without toil.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Not too big for the fiery old heart that trouble and toil and hunger and loneliness had never quenched.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
He was now evidently exhausted by toil, and dispirited by disappointment.
Thus it lightens the toil of the weary laborer plodding along the highway of life.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The comfortable yet humble apartments of the engraver were over the shop where he plied his daily toil.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for toil (1 of 2)
hard or exhausting work
an obsolete word for strife
(intr) to labour
(intr) to progress with slow painful movements: to toil up a hill
(tr) archaic to achieve by toil
- toiler, noun
British Dictionary definitions for toil (2 of 2)
(often plural) a net or snare: the toils of fortune had ensnared him
archaic a trap for wild beasts
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