\ ˈsēṯẖ How to pronounce seethe (audio) \
seethed; seething

Definition of seethe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : boil, stew
2 : to soak or saturate in a liquid

intransitive verb

1 archaic : boil
2a : to be in a state of rapid agitated movement
b : to churn or foam as if boiling
3 : to suffer violent internal excitement seethe with jealousy



Definition of seethe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of seething : ebullition

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Synonyms for seethe

Synonyms: Verb

boil, churn, moil, roil

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Examples of seethe in a Sentence


He seethed at his brother's success. We found ourselves in the middle of a seething crowd.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the violence seethed, the bricks of the hospital came down. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Her parents drank, her mother yelled and her father seethed. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "How Elizabeth Warren Learned to Fight," 24 June 2019 Efforts to douse mysteriously fizzy, incandescent fires only made the conflagrations seethe with radioactive steam. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "The Chernobyl Syndrome," 4 Apr. 2019 The tent shudders on its stout poles and the tent fabric strains at its triple-sewn seams, seething and popping. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 His results showed that the region seethed with mats of photosynthesizing, unicellular life forms long before the Cambrian explosion. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 Students seethed when the trustees days later voted to raise undergraduate tuition by 11 percent., "Ethics Commission launches preliminary review of former PSU President Shoureshi," 3 June 2019 Below the noise and brutally driving rhythms the music seethes with weird effects — queasy lyricism in the strings, sinister grunts from the contrabassoon, trombones and tuba. John Von Rhein,, "Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma turn up the heat in an all-Russian program," 15 June 2018 All of this is going on as America seethes and riots over civil rights and the Vietnam War. George Petras, USA TODAY, "Story of Apollo 8's historic 1968 mission soars in Robert Kurson's fine 'Rocket Men'," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Australia's seethes at proposal to move BHP Billiton listing., "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of seethe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seethe


Middle English sethen, from Old English sēothan; akin to Old High German siodan to seethe and probably to Old Lithuanian siausti (it) storms, rages

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English Language Learners Definition of seethe

: to feel or show strong emotion (such as anger) even though you try to control it
: to be in a state of constant activity


\ ˈsēt͟h How to pronounce seethe (audio) \
seethed; seething

Kids Definition of seethe

1 : to feel or show great excitement or emotion (as anger) The unjust criticism caused me to seethe.
2 : to move constantly and without order Flies seethed around garbage.

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