- 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.
Origin of toil1
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Examples from the Web for toiler
You look out: the toiler's day is a-comin', and it ain't so fur off, neither!Alice Adams
What strikes one most in his work is the disinterestedness of the toiler.Notes on Life and Letters
You are a toiler, a drudge, you knock off a great deal of work.Artists' Wives
From this age onwards, the young Greenlander remains a toiler of the sea.Eskimo Life
The toiler badly paid and ill-fed, is separated from the thinker.A Few Words About the Devil
- hard or exhausting work
- an obsolete word for strife
- (intr) to labour
- (intr) to progress with slow painful movementsto toil up a hill
- (tr) archaic to achieve by toil
- (often plural) a net or snarethe toils of fortune had ensnared him
- archaic a trap for wild beasts
Word Origin and History for toiler
"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.