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3 letters words from 'soil'

SOL 3 

2 letters words from 'soil'

IO 2IS 2
LI 2LO 2
OI 2OS 2
SI 2SO 2

All 4 letters words made out of soil

soil osil siol isol oisl iosl soli osli sloi lsoi olsi losi silo islo slio lsio ilso liso oils iols olis lois ilos lios

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Definitions and meaning of soil



  • IPA(key): /sɔɪl/, [sɔɪ̯ɫ]
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English soile, soyle, sule (ground, earth), partly from Anglo-Norman soyl (bottom, ground, pavement), from Latin solium (seat, chair; throne), mistaken for Latin solum (ground, foundation, earth, sole of the foot); and partly from Old English sol (mud, mire, wet sand), from Proto-Germanic *sulą (mud, spot), from Proto-Indo-European *sūl- (thick liquid). Cognate with Middle Low German söle (dirt, mud), Middle Dutch sol (dirt, filth), Middle High German sol, söl (dirt, mud, mire), Danish søle (mud, muck). Compare French seuil (level; threshold) and sol (soil, earth; ground). See also sole, soal, solum.

Alternative forms

  • soyl (obsolete)


soil (countable and uncountable, plural soils)

  1. (uncountable) A mixture of mineral particles and organic material, used to support plant growth.
  2. (uncountable) The unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the earth that serves as a natural medium for the growth of land plants.
  3. (uncountable) The unconsolidated mineral or organic matter on the surface of the earth that has been subjected to and shows effects of genetic and environmental factors of: climate (including water and temperature effects), and macro- and microorganisms, conditioned by relief, acting on parent material over a period of time. A product-soil differs from the material from which it is derived in many physical, chemical, biological, and morphological properties and characteristics.
  4. Country or territory.
    The refugees returned to their native soil.
    Kenyan soil
  5. That which soils or pollutes; a stain.
  6. A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer.
  7. Dung; compost; manure.
    night soil
  • (senses 1 to 3): dirt (US), earth
Derived terms
Related terms
  • solum
See also
  • alluvium

Etymology 2

From Middle English soilen, soulen, suylen (to sully, make dirty), partly from Old French soillier, souillier (to soil, make dirty, wallow in mire), from Old Frankish *sauljan, *sulljan (to make dirty, soil); partly from Old English solian, sylian (to soil, make dirty), from Proto-Germanic *sulwōną, *sulwijaną, *saulijaną (to soil, make dirty), from Proto-Indo-European *sūl- (thick liquid). Cognate with Old Frisian sulia (to soil, mire), Middle Dutch soluwen, seulewen (to soil, besmirch), Old High German solōn, bisulen (to make dirty), German suhlen (to soil, make dirty), Danish søle (to make dirty, defile), Swedish söla (to soil, make dirty), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐍃𐌰𐌿𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (bisauljan, to bemire). Compare sully.


soil (third-person singular simple present soils, present participle soiling, simple past and past participle soiled)

  1. (transitive) To make dirty.
  2. (intransitive) To become dirty or soiled.
    Light colours soil sooner than dark ones.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
  4. (reflexive) To dirty one's clothing by accidentally defecating while clothed.
  5. To make invalid, to ruin.
  6. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
  • (to make dirty): smirch, besmirch, dirty
Derived terms
  • soil oneself
  • soilage (act of soiling; condition of being soiled)


soil (plural soils)

  1. (uncountable, euphemistic) Faeces or urine etc. when found on clothes.
  2. (countable, medicine) A bag containing soiled items.
  • (faeces or urine etc.): dirt

Etymology 3

From Middle English soyl, from Old French soil, souil (quagmire, marsh), from Frankish *sōlja, *saulja (mire, miry place, wallow), from Proto-Germanic *saulijō (mud, puddle, feces), from Proto-Indo-European *sūl- (thick liquid). Cognate with Old English syle, sylu, sylen (miry place, wallow), Old High German sol, gisol (miry place), German Suhle (a wallow, mud pit, muddy pool).


soil (plural soils)

  1. A wet or marshy place in which a boar or other such game seeks refuge when hunted.

Etymology 4

From Old French saoler, saouler (to satiate).


soil (third-person singular simple present soils, present participle soiling, simple past and past participle soiled)

  1. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (due to such food having the effect of purging them) to purge by feeding on green food.
    to soil a horse
Derived terms
  • soilage (fresh-cut forage)


  • soil in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


  • LOIs, Lois, Sol I, oils, silo, soli




  1. bald

See also

  • burusoil



Cognate with Assamese চাউল (saul), Bengali চাল (cal), Hindi चावल (cāval)



  1. rice

  • SOHUR, a meal eaten before sunrise by those fasting during Ramadan.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)