AskDefine | Define moil

Dictionary Definition



1 work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig]
2 be agitated; "the sea was churning in the storm" [syn: churn, boil, roil]
3 moisten or soil; "Her tears moiled the letter"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Middle English 'mollen', 'to soften by wetting', from Old French 'moillier' with the same meaning, from Latin 'mollia panis', 'the soft part of bread', from 'mollis', 'soft'; from the Proto-Indo-European root 'mel-', 'soft'. Sense 3 of the noun is derived from the Hebrew word 'mohel' (ritual circumciser) and refers to the foreskin-like shape of the unwanted rim.


  1. To toil, to work hard.
    I do not like to moil.
  2. To churn continually.


  1. Hard work.
  2. Confusion, turmoil.
  3. An unwanted rim of glass left after blow molding in glassblowing.


Extensive Definition

Moil is a northern suburb of the city of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.


Moil was built before Cyclone Tracy in 1974. It derives its name from the Aboriginal people on the Moyle River who inhabit an area on the lower reaches of the Daly River and around Port Keats.

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