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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

a- (in, on) +‎ boil

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0198605751), page 6

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