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broil

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[ broil ]
/ brɔɪl /
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verb (used with object)
to cook by direct heat, as on a gridiron over the heat or in an oven under the heat; grill: to broil a steak.
to scorch; make very hot.
verb (used without object)
to be subjected to great heat; become broiled.
to burn with impatience, annoyance, etc.
noun
the act or state of broiling; state of being broiled.
something broiled, especially meat: She ordered a beef broil and salad.
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Origin of broil

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1300–50; Middle English brulen, brolyn, broillen<Anglo-French bruill(i)er, broil(l)er,Old French brusler, brul(l)er to burn (French brûler), a conflation of the verbs represented by Old French bruir to burn (<Frankish *brōjan; compare Middle High German brü(ej)en,German brühen to scald) and usler<Latin ustulāre to scorch

OTHER WORDS FROM broil

broil·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for broil (2 of 2)

broil2
[ broil ]
/ brɔɪl /

noun
an angry quarrel or struggle; disturbance; tumult: a violent broil over who was at fault.
verb (used without object)
to quarrel; brawl.

Origin of broil

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1400–50; late Middle English broylen to present in disorder, quarrel <Anglo-French, Old French broiller to jumble together <Gallo-Romance *brodiculāre, equivalent to *brod- (<Germanic; see broth, brewis) + Late Latin -iculāre v. suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM broil

broil·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for broil (1 of 2)

broil1
/ (brɔɪl) /

verb
mainly US and Canadian to cook (meat, fish, etc) by direct heat, as under a grill or over a hot fire, or (of meat, fish, etc) to be cooked in this wayUsual equivalent (in Britain and other countries): grill
to become or cause to become extremely hot
(intr) to be furious
noun
the process of broiling
something broiled

Word Origin for broil

C14: from Old French bruillir to burn, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for broil (2 of 2)

broil2
/ (brɔɪl) archaic /

noun
a loud quarrel or disturbance; brawl
verb
(intr) to brawl; quarrel

Word Origin for broil

C16: from Old French brouiller to mix, from breu broth; see brewis, brose
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