[ gahr-boil ]
/ ˈgɑr bɔɪl /

noun Archaic.

Origin of garboil

1540–50; < Middle French garbouil < Old Italian garbuglio Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garboil

  • Garboil, a tumult or hubbub, was originally garboyl, and came from old French garbouil (Italian garbuglio).

    English Past and Present|Richard Chevenix Trench
  • And even had he done so it is odds none would have heard him, for the late calm was of a sudden turned to garboil.

    Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for garboil


/ (ˈɡɑːbɔɪl) /


archaic confusion or disturbance; uproar

Word Origin for garboil

C16: from Old French garbouil, from Old Italian garbuglio, ultimately from Latin bullīre to boil, hence, seethe with indignation
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