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Meaning of roast by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English rosten, from Old French rostir ( “to roast” ) ( Modern French: rôtir ), of Germanic origin, from Old Frankish *rōstjan ( “to roast” ), from Proto-Germanic *raustijanan ( “to roast” ), from Proto-Indo-European *reus- ( “to crasckle, roast” ). Cognate with Dutch roosteren ( “to roast” ), German rösten ( “to roast” ) .


    • enPR: rōst, IPA: /rəʊst/, X-SAMPA: /r@Ust/
    • Rhymes: -əʊst

    Coordinate terms

    • ( to cook ): bake, boil, broil, fry, grill, poach, toast

    Derived terms

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    roast ( not comparable )

    1. having been cooked by roasting
    2. ( figuratively ) subjected to roasting, bantered, severely criticized


    • Astro, ratos, rotas, sorta, taros

Explanation of roast by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cook with dry heat, usually in an oven

    2. roast the turkey
    3. subject to laughter or ridicule

    4. His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday
    1. cooked by dry heat in an oven

    1. negative criticism

    2. a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion

    Definition of roast by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Roast v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Roasting.] [OE. rosten, OF. rostir, F. rôtir; of German origin; cf. OHG. rōsten, G. rösten, fr. OHG. rōst, rōsta, gridiron, G. rost; cf. AS. hyrstan to roast.]
      1. To cook by exposure to radiant heat before a fire; as, “to roast meat on a spit, or in an oven open toward the fire and having reflecting surfaces within”; also, to cook in a close oven.

      2. To cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.; as, “to roast a potato in ashes”.

      In eggs boiled and roasted there is scarce difference to be discerned. BAcon.

      3. To dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, “to roast coffee; to roast chestnuts, or peanuts.”

      4. Hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn. “Roasted in wrath and fire.” Shak.

      5. ( Metal. ) To dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores.

      6. To banter severely. [Colloq.] Atterbury.

    2. Roast, v. i.
      1. To cook meat, fish, etc., by heat, as before the fire or in an oven.

      He could roast, and seethe, and broil, and fry. Chaucer.

      2. To undergo the process of being roasted.

    3. Roast, n. That which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been roasted, or is suitable for being roasted.

      A fat swan loved he best of any roost [roast]. Chaucer.

      To rule the roast, to be at the head of affairs. “The new-made duke that rules the roast.” Shak.

    4. Roast, a. [For roasted.] Roasted; as, “roast beef”.