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See synonyms for: seetheseethingsoddensod on

verb (used without object),seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sod·den or sod; seeth·ing.
  1. to surge or foam as if boiling.

  2. to be in a state of agitation or excitement.

  1. Archaic. to boil.

verb (used with object),seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sod·den or sod; seeth·ing.
  1. to soak or steep.

  2. to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.

  1. the act of seething.

  2. the state of being agitated or excited.

Origin of seethe

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda

synonym study For seethe

2. See boil1.

Other words from seethe

  • seeth·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·seethed, adjective
  • un·seeth·ing, adjective

Words Nearby seethe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seethe in a sentence

  • All are to be thrown in one common caldron to seethe therein, the symbol of the fiery judgments which had now come upon the city.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Do you know, If the happy spirits in Heaven can seethe ruin and wretchedness here below?

British Dictionary definitions for seethe


/ (siːð) /

  1. (intr) to boil or to foam as if boiling

  2. (intr) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger

  1. (tr) to soak in liquid

  2. (tr) archaic to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling

  1. the act or state of seething

Origin of seethe

Old English sēothan; related to Old Norse sjōtha, Old High German siodan to seethe

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