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smolder

intransitive verb smol·der \ˈsmōl-dər\

Simple Definition of smolder

  • : to burn slowly without flames but usually with smoke

  • : to feel a strong emotion but keep it hidden

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

Full Definition of smolder

smol·dered or smoul·deredsmol·der·ing or smoul·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. 1a :  to burn sluggishly, without flame, and often with much smokeb :  to be consumed by smoldering —often used with out

  2. 2 :  to exist in a state of suppressed activity <hostilities smoldered for years>

  3. 3 :  to show suppressed anger, hate, or jealousy <eyes smoldering with hate>

Examples of smolder

  1. The remains of the campfire smoldered.

  2. Her eyes smoldered with anger.

  3. Anger smoldered in my heart.



Variants of smolder

or smoul·der play \ˈsmōl-dər\

Origin of smolder

Middle English smolderen to smother, from smolder smoke, smudge; akin to Middle Dutch smōlen to smolder


First Known Use: 1529

Rhymes with smolder



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