verb sim·mer \ˈsi-mər\

: to cook (something) so that it is almost boiling for a certain period of time

: to be filled with a strong feeling that is difficult to control or hide

: to be felt strongly by someone without being directly shown or expressed

sim·meredsim·mer·ing \ˈsi-mə-riŋ, ˈsim-riŋ\

Full Definition of SIMMER

intransitive verb
:  to stew gently below or just at the boiling point
a :  to be in a state of incipient development :  ferment <ideas simmering in the back of my mind>
b :  to be in inward turmoil :  seethe
transitive verb
:  to cook slowly in a liquid just below the boiling point

Examples of SIMMER

  1. Simmer the stew for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  2. The chicken was simmered in a cream sauce.
  3. The dispute simmered for years before any progress was made.
  4. It's a debate that has simmered for 30 years and is likely to continue.
  5. Long-simmering tensions between the two groups eventually sparked violence.

Origin of SIMMER

alteration of English dialect simper, from Middle English simperen, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 1653



: a state of simmering : a way of cooking that is close to boiling

Full Definition of SIMMER

:  the state of simmering

Examples of SIMMER

  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

First Known Use of SIMMER


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Rhymes with SIMMER

SIMMER Defined for Kids


verb sim·mer \ˈsi-mər\

Definition of SIMMER for Kids

:  to cook gently at or just below the boiling point
:  to be on the point of bursting out with violence or anger


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