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Roast(2)

verb; other word formation type
To make fun of or ridicule somebody, usually with numerous insults for a significant period of time. Tends to be associated with more light-hearted ridicule among friends.
 
​“Roast” originally meant “to cook or torture something with fire” and is used metaphorically here for torturing something with words, instead of fire.
Etymology : ​“Roast” comes from the Middle English “rosten” which was borrowed from the French word “roster” which meant “to torture with fire.” Usage of “roast” to mean criticism or ridicule (instead of burning with fire) dates back to the 18th century.
Source : Friend: My dress was so ugly at Evening of Elegance (a formal dance) my friends roasted me in the group chat for hours.
Last modified: 13 December 2019


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