The definition of broil means to cook by putting something in direct flames or put close to intense heat.(verb)
An example of to broil is cooking a chicken in an oven with flames.
Broil is defined as an intense or violent fight.(noun)
An example of a broil is a fight that results in someone going to the hospital.
See broil in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME broilen < OFr bruillir, to broil, roast; prob. by confusion of bruir, to burn (< Gmc *brojan, to brew) & usler < L ustulare, to singe
Origin: ME broilen, to quarrel, concoct lies < OFr brouillier, to dirty; prob. ult. < Frank *broth, mud, froth
See broil in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb broiled, broil·ing, broils verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English broilen
Origin: , from Old French brusler, bruler
Origin: , perhaps from usler, to burn (with br- from bruir, to burn)
Origin: , from Latin ustulāre, to scorch
Origin: , from ustus
Origin: , past participle of ūrere, to burn.
Origin: From obsolete broil, to brawl
Origin: , from Middle English broilen
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman broiller, to mix up, confuse
Origin: , from Old French brouiller
Origin: , from breu, broth, brew
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *brodum
Origin: , of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
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