verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of roast
Examples from the Web for roast
Contemporary Examples of roast
The nanas and poppies and grannies and grampses who flocked there to roast in the sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Remove the roast from the pan and let rest for a minimum of 15 minutes.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
With time I learned to disassemble the entire hotpot and mount the heating coil on a roast beef can with a whole punched in it.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
They drove out to a restaurant on Eight Mile Road, and he drank two glasses of water, waiting for his roast beef sandwich and tea.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
I plan to get shrimp as well as the catfish and also the roast beef.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 26, 2013
Historical Examples of roast
The lotus is a leguminous plant—so excellent for the salad—not for the roast.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A roast of beef meant a visit, in Dr. Ed's modest-paying clientele.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In summer, meat will roast in a shorter time than in winter.
Put it on a spit, and roast it till it is tender throughout.
A breast of veal will require about three hours and a half to roast.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for roast
late 13c., "to cook by dry heat," from Old French rostir "to roast, burn" (Modern French rôtir), from Frankish *hraustjan (cf. Old High German rosten, German rösten, Middle Dutch roosten "to roast"), originally "cook on a grate or gridiron," related to Germanic words meaning "gridiron, grate;" cf. German Rost, Middle Dutch roost.
Intransitive sense "be very hot, be exposed to great heat" is from c.1300. The meaning "make fun of in an affectionate way" is from 1710. From the same source as roster. Related: Roasted; roasting. Roast beef first recorded 1630s (cf. French rosbif, from English).
early 14c., "meat roasted or for roasting;" see roast (v.). Meaning "a roasting" is from 1580s. Sense of "an unmerciful bantering" is from 1740.