smolder

verb smol·der \ ˈsmōl-dər \
variants: or smoulder

Definition of smolder

smoldered or smouldered; smoldering or smouldering play \ˈsmōl-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :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

  1. The remains of the campfire smoldered.

  2. Her eyes smoldered with anger.

  3. Anger smoldered in my heart.

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Origin and Etymology of smolder

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


SMOLDER Defined for English Language Learners

smolder

verb

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

verb smol·der
variants: or smoulder

Definition of smolder for Students

smoldered or smouldered; smoldering or smouldering
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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