smolder

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intransitive verb smol·der \ˈsmōl-dər\

Definition of smolder

smoldered

or

smouldered

smoldering

or

smouldering

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  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 in a sentence

  1. The remains of the campfire smoldered.

  2. Her eyes smoldered with anger.

  3. Anger smoldered in my heart.

Variants of smolder

or

smoulder

Origin and Etymology of smolder

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


First Known Use: 1529


SMOLDER Defined for English Language Learners

smolder

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intransitive verb smol·der \ˈsmōl-dər\

Definition of smolder for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SMOLDER Defined for Kids

smolder

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verb smol·der

Definition of smolder for Students

smoldered

or

smouldered

smoldering

or

smouldering

  1. 1 :  to burn slowly usually with smoke and without flame <A fire was smoldering in the grate.>

  2. 2 :  to burn inwardly <Her anger smoldered.>

Variants of smolder

or

smoulder


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