Definition of roasting in English:



  • 1The action of cooking something in an oven or over an open fire.

    • ‘He had unusually thick glasses, which aided in the lighting of the signal fire and in the roasting of the pigs.’
    • ‘Stratford was famous for its malting - the roasting and grinding of grain, usually barley, for use in brewing.’
    • ‘A number of cocoa-processing factors, including bean origin and roasting, combine to influence cocoa powder attributes.’
    1. 1.1informal in singular A severe criticism or reprimand.
      ‘I was in for a roasting at the next meeting’
      • ‘The film's basic story is appealing, and despite the critical roasting, Chaplin tells his story well.’
      • ‘After that film received a sound critical roasting, he took a break of several years from live action film making, returning to the anime world that was his original home.’
      • ‘Could this have anything to do with the roasting he gave the New Yorker's film critic recently?’
      • ‘It's infuriating to think about how low the standards of satire have become, and how seldom TV gets anything like the roasting it did on SCTV.’
      • ‘The decision had nothing to do with his excellent roasting of the film critic, but rather a belief by the paper's editors that it was time for him to ply his talents elsewhere.’
      • ‘If after this you expect a royal roasting, I am sorry to disappoint you: the revival show is still rattling good fun.’
      reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
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  • Very hot and dry.

    ‘a roasting day in Miami’
    • ‘In urban areas, a combination of roasting summers and increased pollution will also begin to take their toll on health, particularly in poor communities where air-conditioning is out of the question.’
    • ‘The turkey vulture is not the only opportunist circling in the roasting sun of the Chihuahuan desert.’
    • ‘We hurried out into the roasting midday sun, squinting through the haze at the stand-off on the next hilltop.’
    • ‘The group are required to trek across a roasting hot south Californian desert to reach an American flag some 53 miles away within three days and without getting caught by the Feds.’
    • ‘The storms were followed by roasting heat and with temperatures reaching record levels in some parts of the country.’
    • ‘The sky is gray but it's roasting.’
    • ‘Sometimes, there would be no breeze at all, and it would be roasting hot, and you'd lie awake, drenched in sweat.’
    • ‘It's been roasting here for the past two days with temperatures in excess of 90 degrees.’
    extremely hot, baking, baking hot, blazing, blazing hot, sweltering, scorching, blistering, searing, torrid
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