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- toyle (obsolete)
From Middle English toilen, toylen, apparently a conflation of Anglo-Norman toiller (“to agitate, stir up, entangle”) (compare Old Northern French tooillier, tooullier (“to agitate, stir”); of unknown origin), and Middle English tilen, telien, teolien, tolen, tolien, tulien (“to till, work, labour”), from Old English tilian, telian, teolian, tiolian (“to exert oneself, toil, work, make, generate, strive after, try, endeavor, procure, obtain, gain, provide, tend, cherish, cultivate, till, plough, trade, traffic, aim at, aspire to, treat, cure”) (compare Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (“to till, work, labour”)), from Proto-Germanic *tilōną (“to strive, reach for, aim for, hurry”). Cognate with Scots tulyie (“to quarrel, flite, contend”).
An alternate etymology derives Middle English toilen, toylen directly from Middle Dutch tuylen, teulen (“to work, labour, till”), from tuyl ("agriculture, labour, toil"; > Modern Dutch tuil (“toil; work”)). Cognate with Old Frisian teula (“to labour, toil”), teule (“labour, work”), Dutch telen (“to grow; raise; cultivate”). More at till.
toil (plural toils)
- labour, work, especially of a grueling nature
- trouble, strife
- A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey; usually in the plural.
- As a Numidian lion, when first caught, / Endures the toil that holds him.
- Then toils for beasts, and lime for birds, were found.
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- (intransitive) To labour; work.
- (intransitive) To struggle.
- (transitive) To work (something); often with out.
- places well toiled and husbanded
- [I] toiled out my uncouth passage.
- (transitive) To weary through excessive labour.
- toiled with works of war
toil f (genitive singular tola)
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- “tol” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
- “toil” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
- "toil" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.