[toil-fuh l]


characterized by or involving toil; laborious; toilsome.

Origin of toilful

First recorded in 1590–1600; toil1 + -ful
Related formstoil·ful·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toilful

Historical Examples of toilful

  • They were slow, but we could trace their toilful progress up the lower valleys.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • In vain they sought them through the toilful path and beneath the burning sun; the kine were nowhere to be found.

  • During their slow, toilful walks she appeared to be dragging with her for a penance the burden of that infirm bulk.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Sighing and groaning, as if with great reluctance, the tugboat began again its toilful course up the stream.

    The Quest

    Frederik van Eeden

  • Again and again, with toilful searching, I recalled that apparition.