- to surge or foam as if boiling.
- to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
- Archaic. to boil.
- to soak or steep.
- to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
- the act of seething.
- the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin of seethe
Related Words for seethingfume, smolder, simmer, bristle, flare, boil, foam, froth, rage, burn, flip, stew, storm, ferment, spark
Examples from the Web for seething
Contemporary Examples of seething
RAMON: (Seething with contempt) Secret ant landing strips, illegally established on foreign soil.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat
August 10, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine — The symbol of the Ukrainian revolution, the Maidan Square, is seething with bitterness and aggression these days.Kiev Set to Clean the Last “Occupy” Protestors Out of Maidan Square
August 8, 2014
At first it was raucous, trembling with patriotism, a sea of seething yellow.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter
July 8, 2014
They would later be dubbed a “bloodthirsty” “lesbian she-wolf pack” and—most famously—“a seething, Sapphic septet.”‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
Because Thrones is basically a soap opera, of course a seething Lysa was watching Sansa and Baelish make out from her balcony.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 7 ‘Mockingbird’ Recap: Conscious Coupling (and Uncoupling)
May 19, 2014
Historical Examples of seething
He was stung by some old recollection, and had marched off, seething with fury.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
"The whole town is seething with indignation," he called to me.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
And on that horizon are the gilded domes and smoking chimneys of the seething city.The Book of Khalid
Who would think, to look on a scene like this, that the city is seething with dissatisfaction?The Eternal City
Under a more or less calm exterior he was a seething cauldron of passion.The Snare
- boiling or foaming as if boiling
- crowded and full of restless activity
- in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
- (intr) to boil or to foam as if boiling
- (intr) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
- (tr) to soak in liquid
- (tr) archaic to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
- the act or state of seething
Word Origin for seethe
Word Origin and History for seething
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.