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From Middle English rostyng; equivalent to roast +‎ -ing.




  1. present participle of roast
    • 1922, "The Bride's Cookery Primer", Good Housekeeping, Volume 74, page 66
      Broiling is but another way of roasting those cuts of meat which have a broad, flat surface such as steaks, chops, or cutlets.


roasting (comparative more roasting, superlative most roasting)

  1. (colloquial) Very hot.
    The day started out cool, but by noon it was roasting.


roasting (plural roastings)

  1. The act by which something is roasted.
    • 1885, Henry Marion Howe, Copper smelting (page 15)
      These elements are expelled more completely by a large number of comparatively incomplete roastings (alternated, of course, with smeltings) than by a smaller number of extremely thorough roastings []
    • 2020 September 1, Tom Lamont, “The butcher's shop that lasted 300 years (give or take)”, in The Guardian[1]:
      There were signs of recent roastings and fryings, and Frank explained he’d been eating pretty well, making his way through frozen stocks from the shop.
  2. (colloquial) A rebuke or reprimand (usually from the recipient's point of view).
    My boss gave me a roasting for last month's sales figures.