verb (used with object)
- to boil partially or for a short time; precook.
- to boil until partially cooked, often before further cooking
- to subject to uncomfortable heat
v.late 14c., “to boil partially;” mid-15c., “to boil thoroughly,” from Old French parboillir “to boil thoroughly,” from Medieval Latin perbullire “to boil thoroughly,” from Latin per “through, thoroughly” + bullire “to boil” (see boil (v.)). Main modern meaning “boil partially” is by mistaken association of the prefix with part. Related: Parboiled; parboiling.