- Broil is defined as an intense or violent fight.
An example of a broil is a fight that results in someone going to the hospital.
- The definition of broil means to cook by putting something in direct flames or put close to intense heat.
An example of to broil is cooking a chicken in an oven with flames.
Meat and vegetables in a broiler ready to be broiled.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cook by exposing to a flame or other direct source of intense heat
- to expose directly to intense heat
Origin: Middle English broilen ; from Old French bruillir, to broil, roast; probably by confusion of bruir, to burn (; from Germanic an unverified form brojan, to brew) and amp; usler ; from Classical Latin ustulare, to singe
- to become broiled
- to become very heated or angry
- the act or state of broiling
- anything broiled
Origin: Middle English broilen, to quarrel, concoct lies ; from Old French brouillier, to dirty; probably ultimately ; from Frankish an unverified form broth, mud, froth
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verb broiled, broil·ing, broils verb, transitive
- To cook by direct radiant heat, as over a grill or under an electric element.
- To expose to great heat.
- The act of broiling or the condition of being broiled.
- Food, especially meat, that is broiled.
Origin: Middle English broilen, from Old French brusler, bruler, perhaps from usler, to burn (with br- from bruir, to burn), from Latin ustulāre, to scorch, from ustus, past participle of ūrere, to burn.
Origin: From obsolete broil, to brawl, from Middle English broilen, from Anglo-Norman broiller, to mix up, confuse, from Old French brouiller, from breu, broth, brew, from Vulgar Latin *brodum, of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.