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toil 1

 (toil)
intr.v. toiled, toil·ing, toils
1. To labor continuously; work strenuously.
2. To proceed with difficulty: "The old woman ... proceeded to toil up the narrow staircase before us" (James Joyce).
n.
1. Exhausting labor or effort. See Synonyms at work.
2. Archaic Strife; contention.

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

toil′er n.

toil 2

 (toil)
n.
1. often toils Something that binds, snares, or entangles one; an entrapment: caught in the toils of despair.
2. Archaic A net for trapping game.

[French toile, cloth, from Old French teile, from Latin tēla, web; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

toil

(tɔɪl)
n
1. hard or exhausting work
2. an obsolete word for strife
vb
3. (intr) to labour
4. (intr) to progress with slow painful movements: to toil up a hill.
5. (tr) archaic to achieve by toil
[C13: 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: the toils of fortune had ensnared him.
2. (Hunting) archaic a trap for wild beasts
[C16: from Old French toile, from Latin tēla loom]

toil1

(tɔɪl)

n.
1. exhausting labor or effort.
2. a laborious task.
3. Archaic. battle; strife.
v.i.
4. to labor arduously.
5. to move or travel with great effort or weariness.
v.t.
6. to accomplish by unremitting labor.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French toil contention, toiler to contend < Latin tudiculāre to stir up, beat, v. derivative of tudicula machine for crushing olives]
toil′er, n.
toil′ful, adj.
syn: See work.

toil2

(tɔɪl)

n.
1. Usu., toils. a net or series of nets in which game is trapped.
2. Usu., toils. a trap or snare: to be caught in the toils of a bureaucracy.
[1520–30; < Middle French toile < Latin tēla web]

toil


Past participle: toiled
Gerund: toiling

Imperative
toil
toil
Present
I toil
you toil
he/she/it toils
we toil
you toil
they toil
Preterite
I toiled
you toiled
he/she/it toiled
we toiled
you toiled
they toiled
Present Continuous
I am toiling
you are toiling
he/she/it is toiling
we are toiling
you are toiling
they are toiling
Present Perfect
I have toiled
you have toiled
he/she/it has toiled
we have toiled
you have toiled
they have toiled
Past Continuous
I was toiling
you were toiling
he/she/it was toiling
we were toiling
you were toiling
they were toiling
Past Perfect
I had toiled
you had toiled
he/she/it had toiled
we had toiled
you had toiled
they had toiled
Future
I will toil
you will toil
he/she/it will toil
we will toil
you will toil
they will toil
Future Perfect
I will have toiled
you will have toiled
he/she/it will have toiled
we will have toiled
you will have toiled
they will have toiled
Future Continuous
I will be toiling
you will be toiling
he/she/it will be toiling
we will be toiling
you will be toiling
they will be toiling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been toiling
you have been toiling
he/she/it has been toiling
we have been toiling
you have been toiling
they have been toiling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been toiling
you will have been toiling
he/she/it will have been toiling
we will have been toiling
you will have been toiling
they will have been toiling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been toiling
you had been toiling
he/she/it had been toiling
we had been toiling
you had been toiling
they had been toiling
Conditional
I would toil
you would toil
he/she/it would toil
we would toil
you would toil
they would toil
Past Conditional
I would have toiled
you would have toiled
he/she/it would have toiled
we would have toiled
you would have toiled
they would have toiled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toil - productive work (especially physical work done for wages)toil - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
roping - capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
corvee - unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
donkeywork, drudgery, plodding, grind - hard monotonous routine work
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
hunting, hunt - the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
hackwork - professional work done according to formula
haymaking - cutting grass and curing it to make hay
manual labor, manual labour - labor done with the hands
overwork, overworking - the act of working too much or too long; "he became ill from overwork"
slavery - work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
Verb1.toil - work hardtoil - work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

toil

verb
1. labour, work, struggle, strive, grind (informal), sweat (informal), slave, graft (informal), go for it (informal), slog, grub, bend over backwards (informal), drudge, go for broke (slang), push yourself, bust a gut (informal), give it your best shot (informal), break your neck (informal), work like a dog, make an all-out effort (informal), work like a Trojan, knock yourself out (informal), do your damnedest (informal), give it your all (informal), work your fingers to the bone, rupture yourself (informal) Boys toiled in the hot sun to finish the wall.
2. struggle, trek, slog, trudge, push yourself, fight your way, drag yourself, footslog He had his head down as he toiled up the hill.
noun
1. hard work, industry, labour, effort, pains, application, sweat, graft (informal), slog, exertion, drudgery, travail, donkey-work, elbow grease (informal), blood, sweat, and tears (informal) It is only toil which gives meaning to things.
hard work inertia, inactivity, laziness, sloth, idleness, torpor, indolence

toil

verb
1. To exert one's mental or physical powers, usually under difficulty and to the point of exhaustion:
2. To walk heavily, slowly, and with difficulty:
noun
Physical exertion that is usually difficult and exhausting:
Informal: sweat.
Chiefly British: fag.
Idiom: sweat of one's brow.
Translations
عَمَل شاق، كَدْحيَجُرُّ خُطاه، يَمْشي بِصُعوبَهيَكْدَح
dřinadřít sevléci se
asehårdt arbejdeslide
gürigürizik
dragnast áframstritstrita
darbasdarbuotistriūsti
pūlētiessmagi strādātsmagi virzītiessmags darbsvilkties
çırpınmakçok çalışmaçok çalışmakdidinmezorla ilerlemek

toil

[tɔɪl] (liter)
A. Ntrabajo m, esfuerzo m
after months of toildespués de meses de trabajo (agotador)
B. VI
1. (= work hard) → trabajar duro
to toil away at sthdarle duro a algo
to toil to do sthesforzarse or afanarse por hacer algo
they toiled on into the nightsiguieron trabajando hasta muy entrada la noche
2. (= move with difficulty) to toil alongcaminar con dificultad, avanzar penosamente
to toil up a hillsubir trabajosamente una cuesta
the engine is beginning to toilel motor empieza a funcionar con dificultad

toil

[ˈtɔɪl]
ndur travail m, labeur m
vipeiner

toil

vi
(liter: = work) → sich plagen, sich abmühen (at, over mit)
(= move with effort)sich schleppen; to toil up a hillsich einen Berg hinaufschleppen
n (liter: = work) → Mühe f, → Plage f (geh); after months of toilnach monatelanger Mühe or Plage

toil

[tɔɪl]
2. vilavorare sodo, faticare
to toil away at sth → lavorare duramente su qc
to toil up a hill → arrancare su per una collina

toil

(toil) verb
1. to work hard and long. He toiled all day in the fields.
2. to move with great difficulty. He toiled along the road with all his luggage.
noun
hard work. He slept well after his hours of toil.
References in classic literature ?
I shall have to toil and moil all my days, with only little bits of fun now and then, and get old and ugly and sour, because I'm poor and can't enjoy my life as other girls do.
She was glad to be employed because the daily round of toil in the store made the time of waiting seem less long and uninteresting.
His person, though muscular, was rather attenuated than full; but every nerve and muscle appeared strung and indurated by unremitted exposure and toil.
I now live in peace and safety, enjoying the sweets of liberty, and the bounties of Providence, with my once fellow-sufferers, in this delightful country, which I have seen purchased with a vast expence of blood and treasure, delighting in the prospect of its being, in a short time, one of the most opulent and powerful states on the continent of North- America; which, with the love and gratitude of my country-men, I esteem a sufficient reward for all my toil and dangers.
The usual hurried, feverish toil in the claim was suspended; the pick and shovel were left sticking in the richest "pay gravel;" the toiling millionaires themselves, ragged, dirty, and perspiring, lay panting under the nearest shade, where the pipes went out listlessly, and conversation sank to monosyllables.
Matthew Maule, on the other hand, though an obscure man, was stubborn in the defence of what he considered his right; and, for several years, he succeeded in protecting the acre or two of earth which, with his own toil, he had hewn out of the primeval forest, to be his garden ground and homestead.
After my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes with the dreamy brethren of Brook Farm; after living for three years within the subtle influence of an intellect like Emerson's; after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture; after becoming imbued with poetic sentiment at Longfellow's hearthstone -- it was time, at length, that I should exercise other faculties of my nature, and nourish myself with food for which I had hitherto had little appetite.
But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen.
Jollily he, aloft there, wheels through toil and trouble; and so, alow here, does jolly Stubb.
As she roars her song, in a voice of which it is enough to say that it leaves no portion of the room vacant, the three musicians follow her, laboriously and note by note, but averaging one note behind; thus they toil through stanza after stanza of a lovesick swain's lamentation: --
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to a master,--so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil,--so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.
Himself has hitherto sufficed to the toil, and the toil draws near its close: his glorious sun hastens to its setting.