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smoulder

[smohl-der] /ˈsmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object), noun
1.
Related forms
unsmouldering, adjective
unsmoulderingly, adverb

smolder

or smoulder

[smohl-der] /ˈsmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
2.
to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration:
Hatred smoldered beneath a polite surface.
3.
to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like:
to smolder with rage.
noun
4.
dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
5.
a smoldering fire.
Origin of smolder
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English smolder smoky vapor, dissimilated variant of smorther smother; (v.) Middle English (as present participle smolderende), derivative of the noun
Related forms
unsmoldering, adjective
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Examples from the Web for smoulder
Historical Examples
  • Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Any or all of these emotions might have lain beneath the smoulder in her eyes.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • By this time the clothes of both lads had begun to smoulder.

  • In a moment he had smothered the smoulder, and was beating off the sparks with his ruler.

    Little Aliens

    Myra Kelly
  • My hope was to keep them in, to let them smoulder in their own ashes.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • "Buck up," said Cutty, his blazing wrath dropping to a smoulder.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • It may smoulder unobserved, but a breath will fan it into flame!

    The Redemption of David Corson

    Charles Frederic Goss
  • Meanwhile, the Island was in a smoulder of suspicion and superstition.

  • Once more his eyes held hers, but the fire in them had died down to a smoulder.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
  • Neither must it be too damp, else it will smoulder and discourage the fire.

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for smoulder

smoulder

/ˈsməʊldə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to burn slowly without flame, usually emitting smoke
2.
(esp of anger, etc) to exist in a suppressed or half-suppressed state
3.
to have strong repressed or half repressed feelings, esp anger
noun
4.
dense smoke, as from a smouldering fire
5.
a smouldering fire
Word Origin
C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin

smolder

/ˈsməʊldə/
verb, noun
1.
the US spelling of smoulder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smoulder
v.

see smolder. Related: Smouldered; smouldering; smoulderingly.

smolder

v.

c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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