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verb (1)

broiled; broiling; broils

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


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noun (1)

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


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verb (2)

broiled; broiling; broils


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noun (2)

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

Examples of broil in a Sentence

Verb (2) instead of broiling themselves in internal strife, they should band together against the common enemy Noun (2) a noisy broil broke out at the bar
Recent Examples on the Web
The ingredients are layered into a skillet and broiled until golden and bubbly for a weeknight meal with classic Mexican flavors your family and friends will love. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 On one especially hot and muggy day, we were taken aback when — in a matter of minutes — the broiling sun gave way to rain and then a brief but intense hailstorm. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2024 Broil on high for 4 minutes, then stir and broil 1 to 2 minutes more. Contributing Writer, Orange County Register, 4 May 2024 Preheat oven to broil with a rack in center position. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 Transfer to the oven and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Asparagus can be steamed, boiled, stir-fried, roasted, baked, grilled or broiled. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2024 Seared, grilled, broiled, or served raw (sashimi, sushi roll, poke bowl), a yellowfin tuna meal is not easily forgotten. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 7 Mar. 2024 Many cities across the U.S. — including New York, Miami and Austin — have adopted climate action and resilience plans that use trees as a defense against the broiling stone and asphalt that raise temperatures in urban areas. Dorany Pineda, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2024
Made in just 25 minutes, with a short time on the stovetop and a quick broil in the oven, skillet enchiladas Suizas packs a punch of flavor with very few steps. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 Ovens: Control its mode (standard, convection bake, roast, steam, broil / grill, proofing) and temperature setting, send notifications about its state, such as preheating or cooling and when it’s reached the target temperature — but no remote start for safety reasons. Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 8 May 2024 The clever pan measures 9.5 inches by 16.75 inches and can be used to sear, sauté, bake, broil, or grill your favorite foods. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor KitchenAid’s also ventured into the air fryer oven corner of the kitchen gadget space with this sleek countertop model that can bake, broil, reheat, roast, toast, and more. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 Transfer to oven, and broil until cheese melts and browns, 2 to 3 minutes. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 Some are also able to air fry, roast, broil, grill and even warm. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2024 Increase oven temperature to broil on HIGH, and broil casserole until top is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 There are many different types of electric ranges with an array of features to choose from, such as convection technology, air-fry and broil settings, and ranges with double-ovens and induction cooktops. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Verb (1)

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

Noun (1)

noun derivative of broil entry 1

Verb (2)

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

Noun (2)

noun derivative of broil entry 3

First Known Use

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

1563, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broil was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Broil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to cook directly over or under heat
: to make or become extremely hot
broiling in the sun

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