Variant of thole, from Middle English tholen, tholien, from Old English þolian (“to bear; endure”). Cognate with Scots thoil. More at thole.
thoil (third-person singular simple present thoils, present participle thoiling, simple past and past participle thoiled)
- (Yorkshire) To be able to justify the expense of a purchase.
- I loved those red shoes but I couldn't thoil it in addition to the new dress I'd bought.
- 1996, Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society
- But yon poor widder-woman, strugglin' along on a bit of a pension, 'ad nowt left but two coppers - but sh' thoiled it, an' put it in, all t' same!
- Lenited form of toil.