parboil

[ pahr-boil ]
/ ˈpɑrˌbɔɪl /

verb (used with object)

to boil partially or for a short time; precook.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of parboil

1400–50; late Middle English parboylen to boil partly, (rarely) to boil fully <Middle French parboillir<Late Latin perbullīre to boil through and through (see per-, boil1); change of meaning by confusion of par- with part
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for parboil

British Dictionary definitions for parboil

parboil
/ (ˈpɑːˌbɔɪl) /

verb (tr)

to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
to subject to uncomfortable heat

Word Origin for parboil

C15: from Old French parboillir, from Late Latin perbullīre to boil thoroughly (see per-, boil 1); modern meaning due to confusion of par- with part
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012