boil vs furuncle what difference

what is difference between boil and furuncle



  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɔɪl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English bile, büle (boil, tumor), from Old English bȳl, bȳle (boil, swelling), from Proto-Germanic *būlijō, *būlō (boil). Akin to German Beule (boil, hump), Icelandic beyla (swelling, hump).


boil (plural boils)

  1. A localized accumulation of pus in the skin, resulting from infection.
Derived terms
  • sand boil (pathology)
Further reading
  • Boil on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

From Middle English boillen, from Old French boillir (French: bouillir) from Latin bullīre, present active infinitive of bulliō (I bubble, boil), from bulla (bubble). Displaced native Middle English sethen (to boil) (from Old English sēoþan (to boil, seethe)), Middle English wellen (to boil, bubble) (from Old English wiellan (to bubble, boil)), Middle English wallen (to well up, boil) (from Old English weallan (to well up, boil)). More at seethe, well.


boil (plural boils)

  1. The point at which fluid begins to change to a vapour.
    Add the noodles when the water comes to the boil.
  2. A dish of boiled food, especially based on seafood.
  3. (rare, nonstandard) The collective noun for a group of hawks.
  4. (Scotland, archaic) A bubbling.
    • 1828, James Hogg, Mary Burnet
      He swam to the place where Mary disappeared but there was neither boil nor gurgle on the water, nor even a bell of departing breath, to mark the place where his beloved had sunk.
Derived terms


boil (third-person singular simple present boils, present participle boiling, simple past and past participle boiled)

  1. (transitive, of liquids) To heat to the point where it begins to turn into a gas.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To cook in boiling water.
  3. (intransitive, of liquids) To begin to turn into a gas, seethe.
  4. (transitive, Britain, informal) To bring to a boil, to heat so as to cause the contents to boil.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 20–21:
      I’ll boil the kettle.
  5. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses, of weather) To be uncomfortably hot.
  6. (intransitive, informal, used only in progressive tenses) To feel uncomfortably hot.
  7. (transitive) To form, or separate, by boiling or evaporation.
  8. (obsolete) To steep or soak in warm water.
  9. To be agitated like boiling water; to bubble; to effervesce.
  10. To be moved or excited with passion; to be hot or fervid.
  • (of a liquid): seethe, well, plaw (UK, dialectal, dated, uncommon); see also Thesaurus:cook
  • (of the weather): be baking, be scorching, be sweltering
  • (of a person): be seething, be baking, be stewing
  • (of a liquid): condense
  • (of the weather): be freezing
  • (of a person): be freezing
Derived terms
Related terms
  • ebullient
See also
  • bake
  • condense
  • freeze
  • fry
  • grill
  • poach
  • steam
Further reading
  • Boiling on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • bilo, biol, biol., boli, lobi



Late Middle English, borrowed from Latin fūrunculus (a petty thief, pilferer; a pointed burning sore, boil), diminutive of fūr (a thief).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfjʊə.ɹʌŋ.kəl/, /ˈfjʊə.ɹʌŋ.kl̩/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfjʊɹˌʌŋ.kəl/


furuncle (plural furuncles)

  1. (pathology) A boil or infected, inflamed, pus-filled sore.



  • “furuncle”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • “furuncle”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.

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