smolder

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English smolderen (to suffocate, stifle), from Middle English smolder (smoke, smoky vapour), ultimately from Proto-West Germanic *smallijan (to burn, glow, fume, smoulder).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsmoʊldɚ/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊldə(r)

VerbEdit

smolder (third-person singular simple present smolders, present participle smoldering, simple past and past participle smoldered)

  1. (intransitive, US) To burn with no flame and little smoke.
    The remains of the bonfire were left to smolder for hours.
  2. (intransitive, figurative) To show signs of repressed anger or suppressed mental turmoil or other strong emotion, such as passion.
  3. (intransitive, figurative) To exist in a suppressed or hidden state.

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