Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOILING

The brave man went on toiling and learning through suffering.

He was able to discern him, after a little effort, toiling up the steep slopes.

He has been toiling hard many a year for it, Dinah, don't forget that.

She had been toiling through the lanes after Willie and his papa.

Are you always to go on toiling for the miserable comforts of other people?

The thought of her toiling and suffering there was more than he could calmly endure.

Have no grit or zest for toiling and no marrow in their bones.

They yelled encouragement to the toiling column on the red roads.

The candle in the window is to the toiling man the lighthouse guiding him into port.

Now the boat is ready, and Betty is toiling for dear life with our tea-tray.

WORD ORIGIN

"hard work," c.1300, "turmoil, contention, dispute," from Anglo-French toil (13c.), from toiler "agitate, stir up, entangle," from Old French toeillier "drag about, make dirty" (12c.), usually said to be from Latin tudiculare "crush with a small hammer," from tudicula "mill for crushing olives, instrument for crushing," from root of tundere "to pound" (see obtuse). Sense of "hard work, labor" (1590s) is from the related verb (see toil (v.)).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.