smolder

verb
smol·​der | \ ˈsmōl-dər How to pronounce smolder (audio) \
variants: or smoulder
smoldered or smouldered; smoldering or smouldering\ ˈsmōl-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce smouldering (audio) \

Definition of smolder

intransitive verb

1a : to burn sluggishly, without flame, and often with much smoke
b : 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.
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Not since Sam carried Frodo on his back up that smoldering mountain has a ring caused so much commotion. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Everything you need to know about Prince Harry’s sleep tracker fitness ring," 19 Oct. 2018 Anticipation mounts as the line crawls past a massive, smoky wok atop smoldering charcoal. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Heavy white smoke rose from a smoldering match factory in the free zone next to the crossing. Albert Aji, BostonGlobe.com, "Syrian troops celebrate recapture of Jordan border crossing," 7 July 2018 In the smoldering visual, the two Colombian superstars are captured in gray monotone, literally dripping wet in anticipation for the one another. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "Shakira & Maluma's 'Trap' Lyric Translation Is Dripping-Wet Sexy," 26 Jan. 2018 Like its predecessors, TSP offers juicy palace conspiracies, smoldering chemistry, and lavish costumes. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Teaser Trailer for," 25 Jan. 2019 Wildfires burned or smoldered elsewhere in the state, including east of Los Angeles near the Riverside County city of Corona. Fox News, "2 more firefighters hurt battling blaze near Yosemite," 21 July 2018 She's gone through several different fashion phases, from innocent, girl next door to smoldering stage presence to mature mother of two. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "See Britney Spears' Hottest and Most Cringeworthy Looks of 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 Keep the rest of your face neutral—a touch of Burt's Bees Blush Makeup in Bare Peach and Lip Shimmer in Apricot compliment smoldering eyes beautifully. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "3 Super Simple Holiday Party Makeup Looks," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of smolder

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for smolder

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

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smolder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smolder

: 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

verb
smol·​der
variants: or smoulder
smoldered or smouldered; smoldering or smouldering

Kids Definition of smolder

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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