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[gahr-boil] /ˈgɑr bɔɪl/
noun, Archaic.
Origin of garboil
1540-50; < Middle French garbouil < Old Italian garbuglio Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And even had he done so it is odds none would have heard him, for the late calm was of a sudden turned to garboil.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • garboil, a tumult or hubbub, was originally garboyl, and came from old French garbouil (Italian garbuglio).

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
British Dictionary definitions for garboil


(archaic) confusion or disturbance; uproar
Word Origin
C16: from Old French garbouil, from Old Italian garbuglio, ultimately from Latin bullīre to boil, hence, seethe with indignation
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