Toil Definition

toil
toiled, toiling, toils
verb
toiled, toiling, toils
To make or accomplish with great effort.
Webster's New World
To work hard and continuously; labor.
Webster's New World
To proceed laboriously; advance or move with painful effort or difficulty.
To toil up a mountain.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To struggle.

Wiktionary

To weary through excessive labour.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
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noun
toils
Contention; struggle; strife.
Webster's New World
Hard, exhausting work or effort; tiring labor.
Webster's New World
A task performed by such effort.
Webster's New World
Something that binds, snares, or entangles one; an entrapment.
Caught in the toils of despair.
American Heritage
A net for trapping.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Toil

Noun

Singular:
toil
Plural:
toils

Origin of Toil

  • From Middle English toilen, toylen, apparently a conflation of Anglo-Norman toiler (“to agitate, stir up, entangle") (compare Old Northern French toiller, touellier ("to agitate, stir"; of unknown origin)), and Middle English tilen, telien, teolien, tolen, tolien, tulien (“to till, work, labour"), from Old English tilian, telian, teolian, tiolian (“to 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, cure") (compare Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (“to till, work, labour")), from Proto-Germanic *tilōnÄ… (“to strive, reach for, aim for, hurry"). Cognate with Scots tulyie (“to quarrel, flite, contend").

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternate etymology derives Middle English toilen, toylen from Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (“to work, labour, till"), from tuyl (“agriculture, labour, toil"). Cognate with Old Frisian teula (“to labour, toil"), Old Frisian teule (“labour, work"). More at till.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English toilen from Anglo-Norman toiler to stir about from Latin tudiculāre from tudicula a machine for bruising olives diminutive of tudes hammer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French toile cloth from Old French teile from Latin tēla web teks- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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