hard-boiled; hard-boiling; hard-boils

transitive verb

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

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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Cite this Entry

“Hard-boil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-boil. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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