Definition of smolder
1a : to burn sluggishly, without flame, and often with much smokeb : to be consumed by smoldering —often used with out
2 : to exist in a state of suppressed activity <hostilities smoldered for years>
3 : to show suppressed anger, hate, or jealousy <eyes smoldering with hate>
Examples of smolder in a sentence
The remains of the campfire smoldered.
Her eyes smoldered with anger.
Anger smoldered in my heart.
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
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
Definition of smolder for Students
1 : to burn slowly usually with smoke and without flame <A fire was smoldering in the grate.>
2 : to burn inwardly <Her anger smoldered.>
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