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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use seethe in a sentence

  • This warning probably filled the Throne with even more and hotter indignation than that which seethed in the Foreign Devils.

  • The clear waters of Lake Huron bubbled and seethed as they were cut by the bow of the swift little motor-boat.

  • Beneath all this elegance, amiability, and extravagance the Revolution seethed and boiled and finally overran and destroyed.

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  • Tents were pitched in the Barrack Square, and the little camp seethed with the excitement of its sudden importance.

  • We went forth into Funchal, and before our steps as we moved it might have been a city of the dead, but further about it seethed.

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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