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broil

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verb \ˈbrȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of broil

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cook by direct exposure to radiant heat :  grill

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be subjected to great or oppressive heat <broiling in the sun>



Origin of broil

Middle English, from Anglo-French bruiller to burn, broil, modification of Latin ustulare to singe, from urere to burn


First Known Use: 14th century


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broil

noun

Definition of broil

  1. :  the act or state of broiling



1563

First Known Use of broil

1563

Rhymes with broil


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broil

verb

Definition of broil

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  brawl

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  embroil



Origin of broil

Middle English, from Anglo-French broiller to jumble, mix, from Vulgar Latin *brodiculare, from *brod-, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brod broth — more at broth


First Known Use: 15th century


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broil

noun

Definition of broil

  1. :  a noisy disturbance :  tumult; especially :  brawl <a tavern row … widens into a general broil — J. R. Green>



1525

First Known Use of broil

1525


BROIL Defined for Kids

broil

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verb \ˈbrȯil\

Definition of broil for Students

broiledbroiling

  1. 1 :  to cook or be cooked directly over or under a heat source

  2. 2 :  to make or feel extremely hot <Players were broiling in the bright sun.>





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