- IPA: /tɔɪl/
- Labour, work, especially of a grueling nature.
- Synonyms: derve, drudgery, swink, Thesaurus:drudgery
- Trouble, strife.
- (usually, in plural) A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey.
toil (toils, present participle toiling; past and past participle toiled)
- (intransitive) To labour; work.
- (intransitive) To struggle.
- (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.
- (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
- French: travailler
- German: schuften, sich plagen, sich quälen
- Russian: труди́ться
- Spanish: labrar, trabajar