1 [toil]
hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort.
a laborious task.
Archaic. battle; strife; struggle.
verb (used without object)
to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields.
to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.
verb (used with object)
to accomplish or produce by toil.

1250–1300; Middle English toile (noun), toilen (v.) < Anglo-French toil contention, toiler to contend < Latin tudiculāre to stir up, beat, verbal derivative of tudicula machine for crushing olives, equivalent to tudi- (stem of tundere to beat) + -cula -cule2

toiler, noun
untoiling, adjective

1. exertion, travail, pains. See work. 4. strive, moil.

1. indolence, sloth. Unabridged


2 [toil]
Usually, toils. a net or series of nets in which game known to be in the area is trapped or into which game outside of the area is driven.
Usually, toils. trap; snare: to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
Archaic. any snare or trap for wild beasts.

1520–30; < French toile < Latin tēla web Unabridged
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toil1 (tɔɪl)
1.  hard or exhausting work
2.  an obsolete word for strife
3.  (intr) to labour
4.  (intr) to progress with slow painful movements: to toil up a hill
5.  archaic (tr) 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]

toil2 (tɔɪl)
1.  (often plural) a net or snare: the toils of fortune had ensnared him
2.  archaic a trap for wild beasts
[C16: from Old French toile, from Latin tēla loom]

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Word Origin & History

"hard work," c.1300, "turmoil, contention, dispute," from Anglo-Fr. toil (13c.), from toiler "agitate, stir up, entangle," from O.Fr. toeillier "drag about, make dirty" (12c.), usually said to be from L. tudiculare "crush with a small hammer," from tudicula "mill for crushing olives, instrument for
crushing," from root of tundere "to pound" (see obtuse). Sense of "hard work, labor" (1590s) is from the related verb toilen (early 14c.) "to drag, struggle," which had acquired a sense of "hard work" by late 14c. Replaced O.E. swincan.

"net, snare," 1529, from M.Fr. toile "hunting net, cloth, web" (cf. toile d'araignée "cobweb"), from O.Fr. teile, from L. tela "web, woven stuff," related to texere "to weave" (see texture). Now used largely in plural (caught in the toils of the law).
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Example sentences
It was late because that's when many of the guests, who toil in restaurant
  kitchens, got off work.
Their toil feeds the world's hunger for gold, and leaves a ruined landscape in
  its wake.
The bridge project took four years of toil under brutal conditions.
Artists struggling to make ends meet toil for days for a pittance.
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