- Toil means continuous and hard work.
An example of toil is labor in a field for 10 hours a day.
- Toil is defined as to engage in difficult and continuous work.
An example of toil is to work in physical labor for 10 hours a day.
A farmer toils in his field.
- to work hard and continuously; labor
- to proceed laboriously; advance or move with painful effort or difficulty: to toil up a mountain
Origin of toilMiddle English toilen ; from Anglo-French toiler, to strive, dispute ; from Old French toeillier, to pull about, begrime ; from Classical Latin tudiculare, to stir about ; from tudicula, small machine for bruising olives ; from tudes, mallet ; from base of tundere, to beat ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)teu- from source stock, stub
- Archaic contention; struggle; strife
- hard, exhausting work or effort; tiring labor
- a task performed by such effort
Origin of toilME toile < Anglo-Fr toil < OFr toeil, turmoil, struggle < the v.
- Archaic a net for trapping
- any snare suggestive of a net
Origin of toilOld French toile, a net, web, cloth ; from Classical Latin tela, web, woven material ; from base of texere: see text
intransitive verbtoiled, toil·ing, toils
- To labor continuously; work strenuously.
- To proceed with difficulty: “The old woman &ellipsis; proceeded to toil up the narrow staircase before us” (James Joyce).
- Exhausting labor or effort. See Synonyms at work.
- Archaic Strife; contention.
Origin of toilMiddle English toilen, from Anglo-Norman toiler, to stir about, from Latin tudiculāre, from tudicula, a machine for bruising olives, diminutive of tudes, hammer.
- often toils Something that binds, snares, or entangles one; an entrapment: caught in the toils of despair.
- Archaic A net for trapping game.
Origin of toilFrench toile, cloth, from Old French teile, from Latin tēla, web; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present toils, present participle toiling, simple past and past participle toiled)
From Middle English toilen, toylen, apparently a conflation of Anglo-Norman toiler (â€œto agitate, stir up, entangleâ€) (compare Old Northern French toiller, touellier ("to agitate, stir"; of unknown origin)), and Middle English tilen, telien, teolien, tolen, tolien, tulien (â€œto till, work, labourâ€), from Old English tilian, telian, teolian, tiolian (â€œto exert oneself, toil, work, make, generate, strive after, try, endeavor, procure, obtain, gain, provide, tend, cherish, cultivate, till, plough, trade, traffic, aim at, aspire to, treat, cureâ€) (compare Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (â€œto till, work, labourâ€)), from Proto-Germanic *tilÅnÄ… (â€œto strive, reach for, aim for, hurryâ€). Cognate with Scots tulyie (â€œto quarrel, flite, contendâ€).
Alternate etymology derives Middle English toilen, toylen from Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (â€œto work, labour, tillâ€), from tuyl (â€œagriculture, labour, toilâ€). Cognate with Old Frisian teula (â€œto labour, toilâ€), Old Frisian teule (â€œlabour, workâ€). More at till.