parboil (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. parboillir, from M.L. perbullire "to boil thoroughly," from L. per "through, thoroughly" + bullire "to boil" (see BOIL (Cf. boil) (v.)). Main modern meaning "boil partially" (mid-15c.) is by mistaken association of the prefix with part.

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  • Parboil — Par boil , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Parboiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Parboiling}.] [OE. parboilen, OF. parbouillir to cook well; par through (see {Par}) + bouillir to boil, L. bullire. The sense has been influenced by E. part. See 1st {Boil}.] 1. To boil …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parboil — *boil, seethe, simmer, stew …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • parboil — ► VERB ▪ partly cook by boiling. ORIGIN Latin perbullire boil thoroughly , confused with PART(Cf. ↑part) …   English terms dictionary

  • parboil — [pär′boil΄] vt. [ME parboilen < OFr parboullir < par (< L per), through, thoroughly + boullir (< L bullire), to BOIL1: meaning infl. in ME & ModE by assoc. of par with PART1] 1. to boil (meat or vegetables) until partly cooked, as in… …   English World dictionary

  • parboil — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)bɔ͟ɪl[/t]] parboils, parboiling, parboiled VERB If you parboil food, especially vegetables, you boil it until it is partly cooked. [V n] Roughly chop and parboil the potatoes, then sauté them in butter …   English dictionary

  • parboil — UK [ˈpɑː(r)ˌbɔɪl] / US [ˈpɑrˌbɔɪl] verb [transitive] Word forms parboil : present tense I/you/we/they parboil he/she/it parboils present participle parboiling past tense parboiled past participle parboiled to boil food until it is only partly… …   English dictionary

  • parboil — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from parboilen to boil thoroughly, from Anglo French parboiler, perboillir, from Late Latin perbullire, from Latin per thoroughly (from per through) + bullire to boil, from bulla bubble more at for Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parboil — /pahr boyl /, v.t. to boil partially or for a short time; precook. [1400 50; late ME parboylen to boil partly, (rarely) to boil fully < MF parboillir < LL perbullire to boil through and through (see PER , BOIL); change of meaning by confusion of… …   Universalium

  • parboil — verb To boil food briefly so that it is partly cooked …   Wiktionary

  • parboil — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. brew, simmer, seethe, coddle, heat. See food. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. simmer, steam, blanch; see boil 1 , cook . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To cook (food) in liquid heated to the point of… …   English dictionary for students

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