Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Producing or involving much toil; laborious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing or involving much toil; laborious; toilsome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of toil; involving foil; laborious.

Etymologies

toil +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If only men could know that she regards them, how eagerly would they rush to the embrace of toilful training and tribulation,381 by which alone she is hardly taken; and so should they gain the mastery over her, and she should be laid captive at their feet.

    On Hunting

  • During their slow, toilful walks she appeared to be dragging with her for a penance the burden of that infirm bulk.

    To-morrow, by Joseph Conrad

  • We had won disregard of all the bother and contradictions, the vanities and absurdities of the toilful, wayward, human world, and had acquired a glorious sense of irresponsibleness and independence.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • One had foraged a caterpillar in bulk and weight beyond its flight strength, and was, therefore, compelled to haul it along the toilful earth.

    Tropic Days

  • Then she sent for her chariot of green rushes, ornamented with May dewdrops, which she particularly valued and always collected with great care; and ordered her six short-tailed moles to carry them all back to the well-known pastures, which they did in a remarkably short time; and Sylvain and Jocosa were overjoyed to see their dearly-loved home once more after all their toilful wanderings.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • At the last little village he left his horse behind him, to begin his toilful march through the snow, which extended, blank and terrible, in every direction as far as the eye could see.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • Where all were toilful laborers, and few possessed more than a sufficiency of worldly goods to provide for the necessities of the day, there was no room for the distinctions of rank.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • At dawn we resumed our toilful march, and travelled until four o'clock the following morning, when we reached an extensive valley, where grass and water were plentiful.

    The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate

  • Instead of the glittering line of mailed warriors, we behold the patient train of the toilful muleteer, slowly moving along the skirts of the mountain.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • But when he came, after a long, toilful walk, to the village, and the square, alas! there was the clown, doing his silly tricks for the crowd.

    Stories to Tell to Children

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