travailed

travail

[truh-veyl, trav-eyl]
noun
1.
painfully difficult or burdensome work; toil.
2.
pain, anguish or suffering resulting from mental or physical hardship.
3.
the pain of childbirth.
verb (used without object)
4.
to suffer the pangs of childbirth; be in labor.
5.
to toil or exert oneself.

Origin:
1200–50; (v.) Middle English travaillen < Old French travaillier to torment < Vulgar Latin *trepaliāre to torture, derivative of Late Latin trepālium torture chamber, literally, instrument of torture made with three stakes (see tri-, pale2); (noun) Middle English < Old French: suffering, derivative of travailler


1. labor, moil. 2. torment, agony.
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travail (ˈtræveɪl)
 
n
1.  painful or excessive labour or exertion
2.  the pangs of childbirth; labour
 
vb
3.  (intr) to suffer or labour painfully, esp in childbirth
 
[C13: from Old French travaillier, from Vulgar Latin tripaliāre (unattested) to torture, from Late Latin trepālium instrument of torture, from Latin tripālis having three stakes, from trēs three + pālus stake]

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travail
"labor, toil," mid-13c., from O.Fr. travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from V.L. *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in L.L. trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from L. tripalis "having three stakes"
(from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from c.1300.
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