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Moil definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MOIL, v.t. To daub; to make dirty. [Little used.]
1. To weary. [See the next word.]
MOIL, v.i. [Gr. labor, combat; to strive, to fight; L. molior, and miles.] To labor; to toil; to work with painful efforts.
Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes.
MOIL, n. A spot. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil]
2: be agitated; "the sea was churning in the storm" [syn: churn, boil, moil, roil]
3: moisten or soil; "Her tears moiled the letter"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English mollen, moillen, from Anglo-French moiller, from Vulgar Latin *molliare, from Latin mollis soft more at mollify Date: 15th century transitive verb chiefly dialect to make wet or dirty intransitive verb 1. to work hard ; drudge 2. to be in continuous agitation ; churn, swirl moiler noun II. noun Date: 1612 1. hard work ; drudgery 2. confusion, turmoil

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. archaic --v.intr. drudge (esp. toil and moil). --n. drudgery. Etymology: ME f. OF moillier moisten, paddle in mud, ult. f. L mollis soft

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moil Moil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Moiling.] [OE. moillen to wet, OF. moillier, muillier, F. mouller, fr. (assumed) LL. molliare, fr. L. mollis soft. See Mollify.] To daub; to make dirty; to soil; to defile. Thou . . . doest thy mind in dirty pleasures moil. --Spenser.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moil Moil, v. i. [From Moil to daub; prob. from the idea of struggling through the wet.] To soil one's self with severe labor; to work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge. Moil not too much under ground. --Bacon. Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moil Moil, n. A spot; a defilement. The moil of death upon them. --Mrs. Browning.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Daub, spot, soil, defile, splash, bespatter, stain. 2. Fatigue, weary, tire. II. v. n. Labor, toil, drudge.

Moby Thesaurus

agitation, be turbulent, bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, brouhaha, bubble, bustle, churn, clamor, commotion, conturbation, dig, dirty work, discomposure, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance, donkeywork, drive, drudge, drudgery, ebullition, embroilment, employment, excitement, fag, fatigue, ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness, fidgets, flap, flurry, fluster, flutteration, foment, fume, fuss, grind, grub, hammer, hammer away, handiwork, handwork, hubbub, hurly-burly, industry, inquietude, jitters, jumpiness, labor, lather, lick, lick of work, maelstrom, malaise, manual labor, mill, mill around, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, peg, peg away, perturbation, plod, plug, plug along, plug away, plugging, pound away, rat race, restlessness, roil, rout, row, ruction, scut work, seethe, seething, simmer, slavery, slog, slogging, smolder, spadework, stir, strain, strive, stroke, stroke of work, sweat, swirl, task, tiresome work, to-do, toil, travail, treadmill, trepidation, trepidity, tug, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity, turbulence, turmoil, twitter, unease, unrest, uproar, upset, wade through, work, work away

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