- to boil partially or for a short time; precook.
Origin of parboil
Examples from the Web for parboil
Soak the beans overnight and then parboil them in soda water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Parboil three or four of the largest sweet-breads you can get.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Or parboil them for forty-five minutes, drain, roll in flour and fry.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
After they are well cleaned, parboil the meat, then pick it to pieces.
Clean the head and feet; and put them on to parboil with the liver.
- to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
- to subject to uncomfortable heat
Word Origin and History for parboil
late 14c., "to boil partially;" mid-15c., "to boil thoroughly," from Old French parboillir "to boil thoroughly," from Medieval Latin perbullire "to boil thoroughly," from Latin per "through, thoroughly" + bullire "to boil" (see boil (v.)). Main modern meaning "boil partially" is by mistaken association of the prefix with part. Related: Parboiled; parboiling.