see also: TOIL
Pronunciation Noun


  1. Labour, work, especially of a grueling nature.
    Synonyms: derve, drudgery, swink, Thesaurus:drudgery
  2. Trouble, strife.
  3. (usually, in plural) A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey.
Translations Translations Verb

toil (toils, present participle toiling; past and past participle toiled)

  1. (intransitive) To labour; work.
  2. (intransitive) To struggle.
  3. (transitive) To work (something); often with out.
    • places well toiled and husbanded
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      [I] toiled out my uncouth passage.
  4. (transitive) To weary through excessive labour.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      toiled with works of war

toil (uncountable)

  1. (UK, employment) Initialism of time off in lieu

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