verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of toil1
Examples from the Web for toiling
Since I was toiling away at the time as a gossip columnist for The Washington Post, I immediately called him back.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry|Lloyd Grove|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, after toiling away for two decades, Elba has finally crossed over from critically acclaimed actor to bona fide tabloid fodder.Idris Elba’s Battle of the Bulge: Moose Knuckles and Sexist Double Standards|Keli Goff|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like many New Yorkers toiling away in day jobs, Reeger has a secret second life.In Sandy’s Wake, a New York Doorman Without a Home|Abigail Pesta|November 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
While the aspiring designers were toiling, in a neighboring conference room 49 girls were gathered for Modeling Camp NYC.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York|Robin Givhan|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But instead, Sorkin–then toiling on The Social Network for Sony–was hired to take a pass at the script.
"We have been toiling at my marriage for eighteen months past, and it is not yet settled," replied Lucien.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life|Honore de Balzac
She tried to picture it with the toiling caravan, and laughed aloud at the absurdity.Bring Me His Ears|Clarence E. Mulford
There was nothing so bleak and dreadful about that; old Sally was busily happy, toiling hopefully for her baby-grand.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
There was a time when roaming through the world, and toiling for Lenore, I thought I was happy.Lost Lenore|Charles Beach
“Not unless I smashed the kittens,” he said cheerfully, toiling up again.Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School|Mabel C. Hawley
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.