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Etymology 1Edit

From alteration of dialectal simper, from Middle English simperen (to simmer) [late 15th c.], of possibly imitative origin. First attested in the intransitive sense. The noun is from the verb.

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VerbEdit

simmer (third-person singular simple present simmers, present participle simmering, simple past and past participle simmered)

  1. (intransitive) To cook or undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point. [from mid 17th c.]
    The soup simmered on the stove.
  2. (transitive) To cause to cook or to cause to undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point.
    Simmer the soup for five minutes, then serve.
    Synonym: coddle
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To be on the point of breaking out into anger; to be agitated. [from 1760s]
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain angry with someone or something past the point of exhaustion; to resign oneself to holding a grudge, especially after some failed attempts to resolve a situation.
    I tried to get through to him; all that's left for me to do is simmer.

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NounEdit

simmer

  1. The state or process of simmering. [from early 19th c.]
    The kettle was kept on the simmer.
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Etymology 2Edit

From sim +‎ -er.

NounEdit

simmer (plural simmers)

  1. (informal) Someone who plays a sim (a simulation game), particularly The Sims.

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GermanEdit

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simmer

  1. (colloquial, regional) Contraction of sind wir.
    Wann simmer denn da?When are we gonna be there?

Usage notesEdit

This contraction is common throughout central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria. It is only occasionally heard in northern Germany.

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ScotsEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English sumor, from Proto-Germanic *sumaraz.

NounEdit

simmer (plural simmers)

  1. summer

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian sumur, sumer, from Proto-Germanic *sumaraz.

NounEdit

simmer c (plural simmers, diminutive simmerke)

  1. summer

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Further readingEdit

  • simmer”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011