- to boil partially or for a short time; precook.
Origin of parboil
Examples from the Web for parboiled
The intention is to have it parboiled only, as it is afterwards to be fricasseed.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Amelia washed the sand from her parboiled fingers, and drew a nervous breath.Tiverton Tales
The corn is first parboiled in water; then drained and well dried.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Like all good housewives she first parboiled them with pork before baking.Old Rail Fence Corners
Put in the chickens, with the liquor in which they were parboiled.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
- to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
- to subject to uncomfortable heat
Word Origin and History for parboiled
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.