- to boil (meat or vegetables) until partly cooked, as in preparation for roasting
- to make uncomfortably hot; overheat
Origin of parboilMiddle English parboilen from Old French parboullir from par ( from Classical Latin per), through, thoroughly + boullir ( from Classical Latin bullire), to boil: meaning influenced, influence in Middle English and Modern English by associated, association of par with part
transitive verbpar·boiled, par·boil·ing, par·boils
- To cook partially by boiling for a brief period: parboiled and then sautéed the new potatoes.
- To subject to intense, often uncomfortable heat.
Origin of parboilMiddle English parboilen to boil partly, to boil thoroughly ( influenced by part part ) from Old French parboillir to boil thoroughly from Late Latin perbullīre Latin per- thoroughly ; see per- . Latin bullīre to boil
(third-person singular simple present parboils, present participle parboiling, simple past and past participle parboiled)
From Old French parbouillir (“to boil thoroughly"), from Medieval Latin perbulliÅ, from Latin per (“thoroughly") + bulliÅ (“I boil"). Sense “to boil partially" (c.1440), rather than original “to boil thoroughly" is by corruption: associating the prefix with part (from Latin pars (“part")) rather than per.