Simple Definition of parboil
: to boil (a piece of food) for a short time often before cooking it fully in another way
Full Definition of parboil
: to boil briefly as a preliminary or incomplete cooking procedure
Examples of parboil
Parboil the potatoes before you roast them.
Origin of parboil
Middle English, from parboilen to boil thoroughly, from Anglo-French parboiler, perboillir, from Late Latin perbullire, from Latin per- thoroughly (from per through) + bullire to boil, from bulla bubble — more at for
First Known Use: 14th century
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