Definition of smolder
- hostilities smoldered for years
- eyes smoldering with hate
The remains of the campfire smoldered.
Her eyes smoldered with anger.
Anger smoldered in my heart.
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First Known Use: 1529See Words from the same year
: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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