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See also: söyle, søyle, and şöyle


Etymology 1[edit]


soyle (plural soyles)

  1. Obsolete spelling of soil
    • 1598, Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of The English Nation, Vol. XII., America, Part I.[1]:
      And in your planting the consideration of the clymate and of the soyle be matters that are to be respected.
    • 1589, George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie[2]:
      As the good seedes sowen in fruitfull soyle, Bring foorth foyson when barren doeth them spoile: So doeth it fare when much good learning hits, Vpon shrewde willes and ill disposed wits.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I[3], 1921 ed. edition:
      II Now are we come unto my native soyle, 10 And to the place where all our perils dwell; Here haunts that feend, and does his dayly spoyle; Therefore henceforth be at your keeping well,[*] And ever ready for your foeman fell.
    • 1638, John Wilkins, The Discovery of a World in the Moone[4]:
      Keplar thinkes that our earth receives that light whereby it shines from the Sunne, but this (saith he) is not such an intended cleare brightnesse as the Moone is capable of, and therefore hee guesses, that the earth there is of a more chokie soyle like the Ile of Creete, and so is better able to reflect a stronger light, whereas our earth must supply this intention with the quantity of its body, but this I conceive to be a needlesse conjecture, since our earth if all things were well considered, will be found able enough to reflect as great a light.


soyle (third-person singular simple present soyles, present participle soyling, simple past and past participle soyled)

  1. Obsolete form of soil.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare soil (to feed).



  1. (obsolete) prey

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for soyle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)