adjective or adverb

: being at the boiling point : boiling
: intensely excited or stirred up
the meeting was aboil with controversy

Word History


a- entry 1 + boil entry 1

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aboil was in 1810

Dictionary Entries Near aboil

Cite this Entry

“Aboil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboil. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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