toil

Toil is another word for work. You toil as a customer service rep all day, but you'd prefer to work as a rock goddess. Unfortunately, there weren't many ads in the employment section for goddesses — rock or otherwise.

Although toil means "work" (in both its noun and verb forms), it usually has the added meaning of hard work, especially physical labor. If you'd lived during the Great Depression, you might have toiled on roadwork and conservation projects. Your toils would have created roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for example. Thanks for all your hard work! Now, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Definitions of toil
  1. verb
    work hard
    synonyms: dig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, travail
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    do work, work
    be employed
  2. noun
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
    synonyms: labor, labour
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    roping
    capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
    corvee
    unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
    donkeywork, drudgery, grind, plodding
    hard monotonous routine work
    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    hunt, hunting
    the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
    hackwork
    professional work done according to formula
    haymaking
    cutting grass and curing it to make hay
    manual labor, manual labour
    labor done with the hands
    overwork, overworking
    the act of working too much or too long
    slavery
    work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
    calf roping
    capturing a calf with a lasso and binding its feet
    steer roping
    capturing a steer with a lasso
    canned hunt
    a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections
    struggle
    strenuous effort
    difficulty, trouble
    an effort that is inconvenient
    least effort, least resistance
    the least effortful way to do something
    strain, straining
    an intense or violent exertion
    exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout
    the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
    pull
    a sustained effort
    application, diligence
    a diligent effort
    overkill
    any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
    supererogation
    an effort above and beyond the call of duty
    overexertion
    excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results
    stalk, stalking, still hunt
    a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
    birdnesting
    hunting for birds' nests to get the eggs
    predation
    the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
    detrition, friction, rubbing
    effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
    application, coating, covering
    the work of applying something
    bodywork
    the work of making or repairing vehicle bodies
    handling
    manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something
    picking
    the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
    planking
    the work of covering an area with planks
    wiring
    the work of installing the wires for an electrical system or device
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    work
    activity directed toward making or doing something
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