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roasting Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun cooking (meat) by dry heat in an oven (usually with fat added)
    • the slow roasting took several hours
  2. verb cook with dry heat, usually in an oven
    • roast the turkey
  3. verb subject to laughter or ridicule
    laugh at; make fun; ridicule; blackguard; poke fun; roast; guy; rib; jest at.
    • The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house
    • The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher
    • His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday

  1. a. & n., from Roast, v.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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