intr.v. moiled, moil·ing, moils
1. To work hard; toil: men who moil in mines.
2. To churn about continuously: clouds moiling in the wind.
1. Hard work; toil.
2. Confusion; turmoil: "the dogs shooting past her in a moil of fur and flashing feet" (T.C. Boyle).
[Middle English mollen, to soften by wetting, from Old French moillier, from Vulgar Latin *molliāre, from Latin mollia (pānis), the soft part (of bread), from neuter pl. of mollis, soft; see mel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.