from The Century Dictionary.

  • To boil.
  • To boil; especially, to boil slightly
  • A Middle English form of play.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To boil; seethe.
  • verb transitive To boil; boil slightly; parboil.
  • noun A boiling.


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From Middle English plawen, playen, plaȝen, from Old English plagian, a dialectal (Anglian) variant of Old English pleġian ("to move about quickly, play"). More at play.


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  • (verb/noun) - To parboil. A slight boiling. If meat seems likely to be tainted before it can be dressed, the cook must "give it a plow" to check the progress of decay and, if possible, keep it a little while at stand. In John Ray's South and East Country Words 1674 the same word is written play. He speaks of a "playing heat," and says that in Norfolk it is pronounced plaw. It may be from some French term of cookery, in books not easily accessible, or it may have descended to us from Anglo-Saxon pleoh danger. --Rev. Robert Forby's Vocabulary of East Anglia, 1830

    February 8, 2018