aboil

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- (in, on) +‎ boil

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɔɪl/, /əˈbɔɪl̩/

Adjective[edit]

aboil (comparative more aboil, superlative most aboil)

  1. In a boil; boiling. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    In the kitchen several pots were aboil.
  2. (figuratively) Heated up; excited. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    • 1981, Antæus (issues 43-46, page 7)
      At ten o'clock on the morning of his third visit, Pablo found himself aboil with rage and sweat, glaring into the druggist's thick horn-rimmed spectacles in an attempt to engage the dead bug eyes behind them.

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Adverb[edit]

aboil (not comparable)

  1. In a boil; boiling. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
  2. Figuratively, heated up; excited. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 “aboil” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 6.

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