verb (used without object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sod·den or sod; seeth·ing.
verb (used with object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sod·den or sod; seeth·ing.
Origin of seethe
Examples from the Web for seethe
It was now the height of the season, and the whirl of gayety and of politics made Washington seethe like a caldron.Mrs. Darrell|Foxcroft Davis
Dont you seethe favorites have got so much on their backs, the longer they wheel and turn, the more they take out of themselves?
It runs thus: “Take nettles, and seethe them in oil, smear and rub all thy body therewith; the cold will depart away.”The Old English Herbals|Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
Other animals had awakened to the battle call, and now the sea began to seethe and boil with enraged, leaping red-eyed monsters.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
He played with the greatest intensity and aplomb, and the strings seemed actually to seethe.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Word Origin for seethe
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.