Origin of boiled
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to reduce the quantity of by boiling off liquid.
- to shorten; abridge.
- to be simplifiable or summarizable as; lead to the conclusion that; point: It all boils down to a clear case of murder.
- to overflow while boiling or as if while boiling; burst forth; erupt.
- to be unable to repress anger, excitement, etc.: Any mention of the incident makes her boil over.
- to degum (silk).
- to remove (sizing, wax, impurities, or the like) from a fabric by subjecting it to a hot scouring solution.
Origin of boil1
Synonyms for boil
Related Words for boiledpoach, evaporate, stew, bubble, steam, simmer, flare, burn, blister, abscess, carbuncle, tumor, sore, excrescence, ulcer, pimple, furuncle, blain, pustule, effervesce
Examples from the Web for boiled
Contemporary Examples of boiled
In ‘non-cooking’ prisons they still sold raw macaroni but if you boiled water to cook it you were breaking the law.
I had an awful episode when I boiled two pounds of fresh broccoli in a plastic bag with the nail clipper for heat.
“It boiled down to a perjury charge,” he tells The Daily Beast.The Banks’ War on Porn Stars
Richard Abowitz, Marlow Stern
May 7, 2014
Their disciplined diet can be boiled down to three simple rules that we can massage to fit our untelevised lifestyle.These Diet Lessons From Olympians Will Help You Lose Weight and Look Awesome
Jenna A. Bell
February 15, 2014
Got to the point where Onstad boiled over, cornered Johnny, bawled him out.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Historical Examples of boiled
If the juice is boiled too long, the jelly will be darker than it should be.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
If water is impure, it must be boiled and then aerated before it is drunk.
Boiled and seasoned as spinach it makes equally good greens.Her Father's Daughter
"She is very like a boiled sole," answered the Vicomte, with a wry face.Night and Morning, Complete
Many persons are fond of mutton that has been boiled in soup.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Word Origin for boil
Word Origin for boil
early 13c., from Old French bolir "boil, bubble up, ferment, gush" (12c., Modern French bouillir), from Latin bullire "to bubble, seethe," from PIE base *beu- "to swell" (see bull (n.2)). The native word is seethe. Figurative sense of "to agitate the feelings" is from 1640s.
I am impatient, and my blood boyls high. [Thomas Otway, "Alcibiades," 1675]
Related: Boiled; boiling. Boiling point is recorded from 1773.
"hard tumor," altered from Middle English bile (Kentish bele), perhaps by association with the verb; from Old English byl, byle "boil, carbuncle," from West Germanic *buljon- "swelling" (cf. Old Frisian bele, Old High German bulia, German Beule). Perhaps ultimately from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to swell" (see bole), or from *beu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2); also cf. boast). Cf. Old Irish bolach "pustule," Gothic ufbauljan "to puff up," Icelandic beyla "hump."
In addition to the idioms beginning with boil
- boil down
- boiling point
- boil over
- make one's blood boil
- watched pot never boils