Definition of toil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tɔɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪl//
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[uncountable] (formal or literary) hard unpleasant work that makes you very tired a life of hardship and toil Hundreds of men toiled for years at building the pyramid. see also toils Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘contend verbally’ and ‘strife’): from Anglo-Norman French toiler ‘strive, dispute’, toil ‘confusion’, from Latin tudiculare ‘stir about’, from tudicula ‘machine for crushing olives’, related to tundere ‘crush’.
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