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

v work hard

dig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, travail
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

n productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

labor, labour
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capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
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
professional work done according to formula
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
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
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
a sustained effort
application, diligence
a diligent effort
any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
an effort above and beyond the call of duty
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
hunting for birds' nests to get the eggs
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
the work of making or repairing vehicle bodies
manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something
the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
the work of covering an area with planks
the work of installing the wires for an electrical system or device
Type of:
activity directed toward making or doing something

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