- to boil (meat or vegetables) until partly cooked, as in preparation for roasting
- to make uncomfortably hot; overheat
Origin: ME parboilen < OFr parboullir < par (< L per), through, thoroughly + boullir (< L bullire), to boil: meaning infl. in ME & ModE by assoc. of par with part
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transitive verb par·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: Middle 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.