broil

verb (1)
\ ˈbrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce broil (audio) \
broiled; broiling; broils

Definition of broil

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

broil

noun (1)

Definition of broil (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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

broil

verb (2)
broiled; broiling; broils

Definition of broil (Entry 3 of 4)

broil

noun (2)

Definition of broil (Entry 4 of 4)

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

First Known Use of broil

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

History and Etymology for broil

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

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broiled

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

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broil

verb
\ ˈbrȯil How to pronounce broil (audio) \
broiled; broiling

Kids Definition of broil

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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