- to diversify by adding or interjecting something unique, striking, or contrasting (usually followed by with): to interlard one's speech with oaths.
- (of things) to be intermixed in.
- Obsolete. to mix, as fat with lean meat.
Origin of interlard
Examples from the Web for interlard
Fillet a sole and interlard each piece with a bit of anchovy.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Be careful not to interlard conversation with "sir," or "ma'am."Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
He did not play upon words as a habit, nor did he interlard his talk with far-fetched or overstrained witticisms.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
George Otto Trevelyan
If they hear them interlard their conversation with by-words and oaths, they will be strongly tempted to do the same.Anecdotes for Boys
- to scatter thickly in or between; intersperseto interlard one's writing with foreign phrases
- to occur frequently in; be scattered in or throughforeign phrases interlard his writings
Word Origin and History for interlard
early 15c., "to mix with alternate layers of fat" (before cooking), from Middle French entrelarder, from entre- "between" (see inter-) + larder "to lard," from Old French lard "bacon fat" (see lard (n.)). Figurative sense of "diversify with something intermixed" first recorded 1560s. Related: Interlarded; interlarding.