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[seeth] /sið/
verb (used without object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
to surge or foam as if boiling.
to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
Archaic. to boil.
verb (used with object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
to soak or steep.
to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
the act of seething.
the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin of seethe
before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda
Related forms
seethingly, adverb
unseethed, adjective
unseething, adjective
Synonym Study
2. See boil1. Unabridged
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  • For a second or two he seethed like a glowing bar of iron thrust into water.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • He seethed with fury at the small, ugly-mouthed woman who had nothing to do with him.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Between them the whole surface of the sun boiled and bubbled and seethed like a world-wide cauldron.

  • She could not doubt the fierce longing that seethed in his veins.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • The older he grew the more he teemed and seethed and bubbled and shone—and set others shining round him—even myself.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Simon seethed and churned, his mind full of confusion and pain.

  • She seethed over her anger for many a long mile, to such fierceness was its flame fed by disappointment and more potent jealousy.

  • There seethed in her a loathing and a disgust beyond expression.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for seethed


(intransitive) to boil or to foam as if boiling
(intransitive) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
(transitive) to soak in liquid
(transitive) (archaic) to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
the act or state of seething
Word Origin
Old English sēothan; related to Old Norse sjōtha, Old High German siodan to seethe
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Word Origin and History for seethed



Old English seoþan "to boil," also figuratively, "be troubled in mind, brood" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, past participle soden), from Proto-Germanic *seuthan (cf. Old Norse sjoða, Old Frisian siatha, Dutch zieden, Old High German siodan, German sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."

Driven out of its literal meaning by boil (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated as a weak verb, and past participle sodden (q.v.) is no longer felt as connected.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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