toil

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[ toil ]
/ tɔɪl /

noun

hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort.
a laborious task.
Archaic. battle; strife; struggle.

verb (used without object)

to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields.
to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.

verb (used with object)

to accomplish or produce by toil.

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Origin of toil

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English toile (noun), toilen (verb), from Anglo-French toil “contention,” toiler “to contend,” from Latin tudiculāre “to stir up, beat,” verbal derivative of tudicula “machine for crushing olives,” equivalent to tudi- (stem of tundere “to beat”) + -cula -cule2

synonym study for toil

1. See work.

OTHER WORDS FROM toil

toiler, nounun·toil·ing, adjective

Definition for toil (2 of 2)

toil2
[ toil ]
/ tɔɪl /

noun

Usually toils . a net or series of nets in which game known to be in the area is trapped or into which game outside of the area is driven.
Usually toils . trap; snare: to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
Archaic. any snare or trap for wild beasts.

Origin of toil

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1520–30; <French toile<Latin tēla web
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British Dictionary definitions for toil (1 of 2)

toil1
/ (tɔɪl) /

noun

hard or exhausting work
an obsolete word for strife

verb

(intr) to labour
(intr) to progress with slow painful movementsto toil up a hill
(tr) archaic to achieve by toil

Derived forms of toil

toiler, noun

Word Origin for toil

C13: from Anglo-French toiler to struggle, from Old French toeillier to confuse, from Latin tudiculāre to stir, from tudicula machine for bruising olives, from tudes a hammer, from tundere to beat

British Dictionary definitions for toil (2 of 2)

toil2
/ (tɔɪl) /

noun

(often plural) a net or snarethe toils of fortune had ensnared him
archaic a trap for wild beasts

Word Origin for toil

C16: from Old French toile, from Latin tēla loom
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