- 1[intransitive] to work very hard and/or for a long time, usually doing hard physical work synonym slave Hundreds of men toiled for years at building the pyramid. She toils tirelessly for various charities.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and with difficulty synonym slog They toiled up the hill in the blazing sun. Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘contend verbally’ and ‘strife’): from Anglo-Norman French toiler
BrE BrE//tɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪl//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toil
BrE BrE//tɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪl//he / she / it toils
BrE BrE//tɔɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪlz//past simple toiled
BrE BrE//tɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪld//past participle toiled
BrE BrE//tɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪld//-ing form toiling
BrE BrE//ˈtɔɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔɪlɪŋ//