- 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.
- to be subjected to great heat; become broiled.
- to burn with impatience, annoyance, etc.
- the act or state of broiling; state of being broiled.
- something broiled, especially meat: She ordered a beef broil and salad.
Origin of broil1
- an angry quarrel or struggle; disturbance; tumult: a violent broil over who was at fault.
- to quarrel; brawl.
Origin of broil2
Related Words for broilingscalding, baking, burning, scorching, sizzling, sweltering, roasting, fiery, red-hot, torrid
Examples from the Web for broiling
Contemporary Examples of broiling
He emerged from the broiling heat into cold that needed only a minute to turn his wet gear to ice.Eight Year Old Rides to a Blaze With His Firefighter Grandfather
January 19, 2014
By night, the crowd (multihued, it should be noted) had become a broiling mass.‘Has Beverly Hills Fallen Yet?’
Shelby Coffey III
April 26, 2012
Historical Examples of broiling
They go bare-headed in the broiling sun, and seem to revel in the heat.The Roof of France
Beef-steaks for frying should be cut thinner than for broiling.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
He kicked, kicked, kicked under the broiling sun, in the hot water.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Broiling is the simplest of all forms of cooking, and is essentially English.Culture and Cooking
Never hasten any thing that is broiling, lest it be smoked and spoiled; but the moment it is done, send it up as hot as possible.
- 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
- the process of broiling
- something broiled
Word Origin for broil
- a loud quarrel or disturbance; brawl
- (intr) to brawl; quarrel
Word Origin for broil
Word Origin and History for broiling
"to cook," late 14c. (earlier "to burn," mid-14c.), from Old French bruller "to broil, roast" (Modern French brûler), earlier brusler "to burn" (11c.), which, with Italian bruciare, is of uncertain and much-disputed origin.
Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *brodum "broth," borrowed from Germanic and ultimately related to brew (v.). Gamillscheg proposes it to be from Latin ustulare "to scorch, singe" (from ustus, past participle of urere "to burn") and altered by influence of Germanic "burn" words beginning in br-. Related: Broiled; broiling.
early 15c., "to quarrel, brawl," also "mix up, present in disorder," from Anglo-French broiller "mix up, confuse," Old French brooillier "to mix, mingle," figuratively "to have sexual intercourse" (13c., Modern French brouiller), perhaps from breu, bro "stock, broth, brew," from Frankish or another Germanic source (cf. Old High German brod "broth") akin to broth (see brew (v.)); also compare imbroglio.