- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /bɹɔɪl/
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- Rhymes: -ɔɪl
- bruir (“to burn”), from Frankish *brōjan (“to burn, scald”)
- usler (“to scorch”), from Latin ustulō (“to scorch”)
- (transitive, Canada, US) To cook by direct, radiant heat.
- Synonym: (British) grill
- (transitive, Canada, US) To expose to great heat.
- (intransitive, Canada, US) To be exposed to great heat.
broil (plural broils)
- Food prepared by broiling.
- 1863, J[oseph] Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Church-yard. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Tinsley, Brothers, […], OCLC 18952474:
- Cluffe, externally acquiescing, had yet made up his mind, if a decent opportunity presented, to be detected and made prisoner, and that the honest troubadours should sup on a hot broil, and sip some of the absent general's curious Madeira at the feet of their respective mistresses, with all the advantage which a situation so romantic and so private would offer.
Middle English broilen (“to quarrel, present in disorder”), from Anglo-Norman broiller (“to mix up”), from Vulgar Latin *brodiculāre (“to jumble together”) from *brodum (“broth, stew”), from Frankish *broþ (“broth”), from Proto-Germanic *bruþą (“broth”).
- broyl (obsolete)
broil (plural broils)
- (archaic) A brawl; a rowdy disturbance.
- come to broils
- 1756, [Edmund Burke], A Vindication of Natural Society: Or, A View of the Miseries and Evils Arising to Mankind from Every Species of Artificial Society. […], London: […] M. Cooper […], OCLC 1102756444, page 32:
- But to give the faireſt Play to every ſide of the Queſtion, I vvill own that there is a Haughtineſs, and Fierceneſs in human Nature, vvhich vvill cauſe innumerable Broils, place Men in vvhat State you pleaſe; but ovvning this, I ſtill inſiſt in charging to Political Regulations, that theſe Broils are ſo frequent, ſo cruel, and attended vvith ſo deplorable Conſequences.
- 1820, Walter Scott, chapter XXVII, in Ivanhoe; a Romance. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], OCLC 230694662:
- "Away with this prating dotard," said Front-de Boeuf, "lock him up in the chapel, to tell his beads till the broil be over. It will be a new thing to the saints in Torquilstone to hear aves and paters; they have not been so honoured, I trow, since they were cut out of stone."
- a. 1822 (date written), John Keats, “[Tragedies.] Otho the Great: A Tragedy in Five Acts.”, in [Horace Elisha Scudder], editor, The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats, Cambridge edition, Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.: Houghton, Mifflin and Company […], published 1899, OCLC 560816164, Act I, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals), lines 1-2, page 159, column 1:
- So, I am safe emerged from these broils! / Amid the wreck of thousands I am whole […]
- 1840, Robert Chambers, William Chambers, Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, volume 8, page 382:
- Since the provinces declared their independence, broils and squabblings of one sort and another have greatly retarded the advancement which they might otherwise have made.