- to boil (an egg) just long enough for the yolk and white to partially solidify, usually three or four minutes.
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Examples from the Web for soft-boiled
We recommend the buttery miso ramen, topped with a soft-boiled egg, scallions, and corn.Underground Ramen’s Mainstream Moment
May 12, 2014
With as much mind as a minnow and as much snap as a soft-boiled egg.The Reef
Bread-and-milk or fruit or soft-boiled egg or dog-biscuit or ants'-eggs.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
When Orville Platt ate a soft-boiled egg he concentrated on it.Cheerful--By Request
When mastication is not impracticable, soft-boiled egg and finely-chopped raw beef may be given.
Also she had a new note of authority in her voice when she telephoned the kitchen and demanded H ward's soft-boiled eggs.Love Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (of an egg) boiled for a short time so that the yolk is still soft
- informal softhearted
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