toiler, n.
/toyl/, n.
1. hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort.
2. a laborious task.
3. Archaic. battle; strife; struggle.
4. to engage in hard and continuous work; labor arduously: to toil in the fields.
5. to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.
6. to accomplish or produce by toil.
[1250-1300; ME toile (n.), toilen (v.) < AF toil contention, toiler to contend < L tudiculare to stir up, beat, v. deriv. of tudicula machine for crushing olives, equiv. to tudi- (s. of tundere to beat) + -cula -CULE2]
Syn. 1. exertion, travail, pains. See work. 4. strive, moil.
Ant. 1. indolence, sloth.
/toyl/, n.
1. 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.
2. Usually, toils. trap; snare: to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
3. Archaic. any snare or trap for wild beasts.
[1520-30; < F toile < L tela web]

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