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
Does not the Pinkerton janizary represent organized authority, forever crushing the toiler in the interest of the exploiters?Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Thus it is with the debt-ridden toiler, the farmless farmer and the produceless producer in their unrest in Alabama to-day.Politics of Alabama | J. C. (Joseph Columbus) Manning
"I come from Madam Bowker," he explained to Craig, humbly conscious of his own disarray and toiler's unkemptness.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig | David Graham Phillips
I was the toiler in mud-stiffened overalls, he arrogant and supercilious in broadcloth and linen.The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
The capitalists, banded together for the sole purpose of pillage and loot, had already succeeded in enslaving the toiler.The Lion and The Mouse | Charles Klein
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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