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broil

verb \ ˈbrȯi(-ə)l \

Definition of broil

transitive verb
:to cook by direct exposure to radiant heat :grill
  • broil the steak in the oven at 450ƍF
intransitive verb
:to be subjected to great or oppressive heat
  • broiling in the sun

Origin and Etymology of broil

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


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broil

noun

Definition of broil

:the act or state of cooking something directly over or under high radiant heat :the act or state of broiling (see 1broil)
  • a quick broil

Origin and Etymology of broil

noun derivative of 1broil


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broil

verb

Definition of broil

intransitive verb
transitive verb

Origin and Etymology 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


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broil

noun

Definition of broil

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

Origin and Etymology of broil

noun derivative of 3broil


BROIL Defined for Kids

broil

verb \ ˈbrȯil \

Definition of broil for Students

broiled; broiling
1 :to cook or be cooked directly over or under a heat source
2 :to make or feel extremely hot
  • Players were broiling in the bright sun.


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