hard-boiled; hard-boiling; hard-boils

transitive verb

: to cook (an egg) in the shell until both white and yolk have solidified

Examples of hard-boil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scrambled, hard-boiled or over-easy, eggs cooked any way are a great protein alternative to meat. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 Our Better Homes & Gardens® Test Kitchen and the American Egg Board (not to mention lots of food bloggers) all tested the many ways to hard-boil eggs and concluded our favorite way is to steam them. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Feb. 2024 From Julia Child-style French omelets and frizzled eggs to poached and hard-boiled, there are dozens of ways to create your own personal perfect egg recipe (or potentially be at risk for these common egg mistakes). Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Feb. 2024 Whether eating them sunny-side-up, hard-boiled, or in a quiche, eggs are the ultimate breakfast menu item. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2023 Once defrosted, while still perfectly edible, frozen eggs are best incorporated into a dish instead hard-boiled or fried up on their own. Maggie Burch, Southern Living, 10 Aug. 2023 Scrambled, over-easy, hard-boiled, poached; mixed with cheese, meat and veggies, or on top of sandwiches. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 29 June 2023 They can be enjoyed hard-boiled, poached, or scrambled. Women's Health, 25 May 2023 Grab a carton of eggs and hard-boil most of them, leaving a couple raw. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 8 Apr. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from hard-boiled

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-boil was in 1653

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“Hard-boil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-boil. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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