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intransitive verb smol·der \ˈsmōl-dər\

: 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

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

Full Definition of SMOLDER

a :  to burn sluggishly, without flame, and often with much smoke
b :  to be consumed by smoldering —often used with out
:  to exist in a state of suppressed activity <hostilities smoldered for years>
:  to show suppressed anger, hate, or jealousy <eyes smoldering with hate>

Variants of SMOLDER

smol·der or smoul·der \ˈsmōl-dər\

Examples of SMOLDER

  1. The remains of the campfire smoldered.
  2. Her eyes smoldered with anger.
  3. Anger smoldered in my heart.

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

SMOULDERED Defined for Kids


verb smol·der
smol·dered or smoul·deredsmol·der·ing or smoul·der·ing

Definition of SMOLDER for Kids

:  to burn slowly usually with smoke and without flame <A fire was smoldering in the grate.>
:  to burn inwardly <Her anger smoldered.>

Variants of SMOLDER

smol·der or smoul·der


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