broil

1
[broil]

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.

Nearby words

  1. brogans,
  2. broglie,
  3. brogrammer,
  4. brogue,
  5. broider,
  6. broiler,
  7. broiler house,
  8. broiling,
  9. brokage,
  10. broke

Origin of broil

1
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

Related formsbroil·ing·ly, adverb

broil

2
[broil]

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

2
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

Related formsbroil·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for broiling

broil

1

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

broil

2

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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