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.
  3. 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

before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda
Related formsseeth·ing·ly, adverbun·seethed, adjectiveun·seeth·ing, adjective

Synonym study

2. See boil1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seethed

fume, smolder, simmer, bristle, flare, boil, foam, froth, rage, burn, flip, stew, storm, ferment, spark

Examples from the Web for seethed

Contemporary Examples of seethed

  • They seethed at the way Obama had submitted to Republican demands that budget balancing take precedence over job creation.

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    How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016

    David Frum

    October 25, 2013

  • "He barges in, uninvited, and writes fiction," Specter seethed.

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    Beware of Snarlin' Arlen

    Lloyd Grove

    May 7, 2009

Historical Examples of seethed

  • I seethed, beginning to feel my anger grow as my fear dwindled.

    Card Trick

    Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett

  • Turning to the East, we find signs that Norwich seethed with discontent.

  • Lily seethed with rage against her husband, that footy rotter!

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • He seethed with fury at the small, ugly-mouthed woman who had nothing to do with him.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Ideas, possibilities which he could not yet grasp, seethed in his brain.

    In the Morning of Time

    Charles G. D. Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for seethed


  1. (intr) to boil or to foam as if boiling
  2. (intr) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
  3. (tr) to soak in liquid
  4. (tr) archaic to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
  1. the act or state of seething

Word Origin for seethe

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.

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