• synonyms


See more synonyms for parboil on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object)
  1. to boil partially or for a short time; precook.
Show More

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. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for parboil

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Or parboil them for forty-five minutes, drain, roll in flour and fry.

  • After they are well cleaned, parboil the meat, then pick it to pieces.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

  • Clean the head and feet; and put them on to parboil with the liver.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

British Dictionary definitions for parboil


verb (tr)
  1. to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
  2. to subject to uncomfortable heat
Show More

Word Origin

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

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper