Toil Toil, n. [OE. toil turmoil, struggle; cf. OD. tuyl labor, work. See {Toil}, v.] Labor with pain and fatigue; labor that oppresses the body or mind, esp. the body. [1913 Webster]

My task of servile toil. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

After such bloody toil, we bid good night. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Toil is used in the formation of compounds which are generally of obvious signification; as, toil-strung, toil-wasted, toil-worn, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Labor; drudgery; work; exertion; occupation; employment; task; travail.

Usage: {Toil}, {Labor}, {Drudgery}. Labor implies strenuous exertion, but not necessary such as overtasks the faculties; toil denotes a severity of labor which is painful and exhausting; drudgery implies mean and degrading work, or, at least, work which wearies or disgusts from its minuteness or dull uniformity. [1913 Webster]

You do not know the heavy grievances, The toils, the labors, weary drudgeries, Which they impose. --Southern. [1913 Webster]

How often have I blessed the coming day, When toil remitting lent its turn to play. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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