verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of toil1
Examples from the Web for toiled
He toiled without money to do that, but for him it had been an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding experience.
For six years, Hillary Clinton has toiled in the shadow of Barack Obama.Ready for Hillary Super PAC Throws In for 2014 Midterms|David Freedlander|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
John le Carré is notorious for taking the establishment for which he once toiled as a spy at its lowest estimation.
“There were certainly lessons learned from the 2012 campaign,” says Tim Miller, who toiled as RNC spokesman during the cycle.
The two met on the Bush campaign, where Ted toiled in the domestic policy shop.
I am sure, old Solon toiled hard to make a Roman out of me, and how do I know but it was at your instance?Zenobia|William Ware
For three years we had toiled and prayed and taught for this.The Story of John G. Paton|James Paton
The Swedes toiled to utter exhaustion in cutting down the flying fugitives.The Empire of Russia|John S. C. Abbott
True, he had toiled to produce this offering; but what of that?Notes on the Book of Genesis|Charles Henry Mackintosh
What was it he had so toiled for, from those hard years in the loft above the stable even until now?The Great Hunger|Johan Bojer
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.