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 smolder (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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Recent Examples on the Web Experts suspect the virus will continue to smolder in Tennessee throughout the fall and winter, particularly in rural communities such as Waverly, where vaccination rates tend to be low. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 Experts suspect the virus will continue to smolder in Tennessee throughout the fall and winter, particularly in rural communities such as Waverly, where vaccination rates tend to be low. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2021 Experts suspect the virus will continue to smolder in Tennessee throughout the fall and winter, particularly in rural communities such as Waverly, where vaccination rates tend to be low. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 While the vaccines remain highly effective, there's reason for concern if outbreaks continue to smolder across the country. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2021 One early magnet for the fleeing crowds was the courthouse-city hall at Randolph and Clark streets, but a few hours after the fire started its roof had begun to smolder. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 While the vaccines remain highly effective, there's reason for concern if outbreaks continue to smolder across the country. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2021 Trees and piles of debris continued to smolder, along the route, two days after the main fire burned through. Julie Johnson, Sarah Ravani, Lauren Helper, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Fires that ignite in Southern California in September could also smolder to the end of the year. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of smolder was in 1529

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21 Oct 2021

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“Smolder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smolder. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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