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[boild] /bɔɪld/
adjective, Slang.
Origin of boiled
First recorded in 1795-1805; boil1 + -ed2
Related forms
half-boiled, adjective
semiboiled, adjective
unboiled, adjective
well-boiled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for half-boiled
Historical Examples
  • It is poured out of a small cup made with the leaf on which the half-boiled rice had been placed.

  • Wearied to death were we of potted meats, cabbage-soup, and half-boiled cod.

  • I'm afraid that is all as "dry" as bran, and as sad as a half-boiled dumpling; but I want to make it quite plain.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • As I looked at it with a longing eye, the lid began to rise, and I beheld a half-boiled turkey stalk majestically forth.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • There were five times as many potatoes served to us as two men could possibly eat, and not one of them was half-boiled.

  • He pulls out a little more, and perceives that it is his wife, who is there already, half-boiled.

    Basque Legends Wentworth Webster
  • That's what we had at home, and the peas were half-boiled, and the ducks were scorched, and cooked without stuffing.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
Slang definitions & phrases for half-boiled



  1. Drunk (1890s+)
  2. Angry

Related Terms

hard-boiled, hard-boiled egg

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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