\ 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.

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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 Sam is left seething, barely contained frustration seeping out the corners of her pursed lips as Frankie stomps upstairs. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pamela Adlon's Better Things Is Back and Better Than Ever," 27 Feb. 2019 Trump has seethed at the increase, singling out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for blame. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Trump administration preparing to shelter migrant children on military bases," 15 May 2018 But at least the worst half-decade in franchise history should become a bad memory for Lakers fans, who seethed through five irrelevant seasons highlighted mostly by Bryant’s retirement tour. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show," 3 July 2018 Perhaps Trump is seething over these betrayals and setbacks. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Is the president really seething over Sessions and other setbacks?," 21 Sep. 2018 Democrats were still seething on Tuesday at the decision by Mr. Grassley and another Republican on the panel, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, to issue a criminal referral last week for Mr. Steele. Nicholas Fandos, Matthew Rosenberg And Sharon Lafraniere, New York Times, "Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview With Dossier Firm," 9 Jan. 2018 Police said he was last seen early Sunday evening trying to help a woman who had escaped through a window with her cat while seething waters surged through downtown. David Mcfadden,, "Body found of man who disappeared amid Maryland flooding," 30 May 2018 In many ways, his creed directly borrowed from the long-standing positions of Europe's far right, combining a narrative of economic anxiety over globalization with seething cultural resentments about immigration. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "In Europe, Steve Bannon can still play the hero," 13 Mar. 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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