toil

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
toil1 /tɔɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. hard or exhausting work.

v. [no object]
  1. to work or labor with great difficulty:to toil on the project night and day.
  2. to move with great effort:to toil up a hill.
toil•er, n. [countable]
toil•some, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
toil1 (toil),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. hard and continuous work;
    exhausting labor or effort.
  2. a laborious task.
  3. [Archaic.]battle;
    strife;
    struggle.

v.i. 
  1. to engage in hard and continuous work;
    labor arduously:to toil in the fields.
  2. to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.

v.t. 
  1. to accomplish or produce by toil.
toiler, n. 
  • Latin tudiculāre to stir up, beat, verb, verbal derivative of tudicula machine for crushing olives, equivalent. to tudi- (stem of tundere to beat) + -cula -cule2
  • Anglo-French toil contention, toiler to contend
  • Middle English toile (noun, nominal), toilen (verb, verbal) 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exertion, travail, pains. See  work. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged strive, moil.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indolence, sloth.

toil2 (toil),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Usually,  toils. a net or series of nets in which game known to be in the area is trapped or into which game outside of the area is driven.
  2. Usually,  toils. trap;
    snare:to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
  3. [Archaic.]any snare or trap for wild beasts.
  • Latin tēla web
  • French toile
  • 1520–30

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
toil /tɔɪl/ n
  1. hard or exhausting work
vb
  1. (intransitive) to labour
  2. (intransitive) to progress with slow painful movements
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French toiler to struggle, from Old French toeillier to confuse, from Latin tudiculāre to stir, from tudicula machine for bruising olives, from tudes a hammer, from tundere to beat

ˈtoiler n
toil /tɔɪl/ n
  1. (often plural) a net or snare
  2. archaic a trap for wild beasts
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French toile, from Latin tēla loom
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