toil

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 toil — toil1 [toil] vi. [ME toilen < Anglo Fr toiler, to strive, dispute < OFr toeillier, to pull about, begrime < L tudiculare, to stir about < tudicula, small machine for bruising olives < tudes, mallet < base of tundere, to beat… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Toil — Toil, n. [F. toiles, pl., toils, nets, fr. toile cloth, canvas, spider web, fr. L. tela any woven stuff, a web, fr. texere to weave. See {Text}, and cf. {Toilet}.] A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey; usually in the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Toil — Toil, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Toiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toiling}.] [OE. toilen to pull about, to toil; of uncertain origin; cf. OD. teulen, tuylen, to labor, till, or OF. tooillier, toailler, to wash, rub (cf. {Towel}); or perhaps ultimately from… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 TOIL — index effort, endeavor (noun), endeavor (verb), industry (activity), labor (work), labor, persevere …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 Toil — Toil, v. t. 1. To weary; to overlabor. [Obs.] Toiled with works of war. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To labor; to work; often with out. [R.] [1913 Webster] Places well toiled and husbanded. Holland. [1913 Webster] [I] toiled out my uncouth passage.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 toil — [n] hard work application, drudgery, effort, exertion, industry, labor, moil, nine to five*, occupation, pains*, sweat, travail; concepts 100,362,677 Ant. entertainment, fun, pastime toil [v] work hard drive, drudge, grind, knock oneself out*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 TOIL — UK US /tɔɪl/ noun [U] UK HR ► ABBREVIATION for TIME OFF IN LIEU(Cf. ↑time off in lieu) → See also COMPENSATORY TIME(Cf. ↑compensatory time) …

    Financial and business terms

  • 9 toil — n labor, *work, travail, drudgery, grind Analogous words: *effort, exertion, pains, trouble: employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, business (see WORK) Antonyms: leisure …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 toil — ► VERB 1) work extremely hard or incessantly. 2) move somewhere slowly and with difficulty. ► NOUN ▪ exhausting work. DERIVATIVES toiler noun. ORIGIN Old French toiler strive, dispute , from Latin tudiculare stir about …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 toil|er — «IH luhr», noun. a person who toils; hard worker; laborer …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 toil — be·toil; en·toil; toil·er; toil·ful; toil·ful·ly; toil·some; toil·some·ly; toil·some·ness; toil; …

    English syllables

  • 13 toil — {{11}}toil (n.1) hard work, c.1300, turmoil, contention, dispute, from Anglo Fr. toil (13c.), from toiler agitate, stir up, entangle, from O.Fr. toeillier drag about, make dirty (12c.), usually said to be from L. tudiculare crush with a small… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 14 toil — I n. hard work 1) arduous, unremitting toil 2) physical toil II v. (D; intr.) ( to work hard ) to toil over * * * [tɔɪl] unremitting toil (D; intr.) ( to work hard ) to toil over [ hard work ] arduous physical toil …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 toil — toil1 [tɔıl] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1200 1300; : Anglo French; Origin: toiller, from Old French toeillier to disturb, argue , from Latin tudiculare to crush , from tudicula machine for crushing olives , from tudes hammer ] 1.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 toil — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ back breaking, grinding, hard (esp. BrE) ▪ ceaseless, endless, unceasing ▪ daily ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 toil — [[t]tɔ͟ɪl[/t]] toils, toiling, toiled 1) VERB When people toil, they work very hard doing unpleasant or tiring tasks. [LITERARY] People who toiled in dim, dank factories were too exhausted to enjoy their family life... [V n] Workers toiled long… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 toil — I [[t]tɔɪl[/t]] n. 1) exhausting labor or effort 2) a laborious task 3) archaic battle; strife 4) to labor arduously 5) to move or travel with great effort or weariness 6) to accomplish by unremitting labor • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < AF toil …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 toil — toil1 toiler, n. /toyl/, n. 1. hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort. 2. a laborious task. 3. Archaic. battle; strife; struggle. v.i. 4. to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields. 5. to move or… …

    Universalium

  • 20 toil — toil1 [ tɔıl ] verb intransitive LITERARY 1. ) to work very hard doing something difficult and tiring, especially physical work: Farm laborers have to toil in the fields all day. 2. ) to move slowly using a lot of effort: Harry toiled up the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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