[ uh-boil ]
/ əˈbɔɪl /
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adverb, adjective

boiling: Make the tea as soon as the water is aboil.
in a state of excited activity: The street was aboil with Saturday shoppers.



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Origin of aboil

First recorded in 1855–60; a-1 + boil1
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  • Arrived at the creek, they found the shallow sand bar between its mouth and the sea all aboil with confusion.

  • He took another promenade, pursuing his regular policy of starting the fire and letting the kettle come aboil on its own hook.

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