[ gahr-boil ]

  1. confusion.

Origin of garboil

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French garbouil, from Old Italian garbuglio; further origin unknown

Words Nearby garboil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use garboil in a sentence

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

    English Past and Present | Richard Chevenix Trench

British Dictionary definitions for garboil


/ (ˈɡɑːbɔɪl) /

  1. archaic confusion or disturbance; uproar

Origin of garboil

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

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