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Origin of simmer

First recorded in 1645–55; alteration of earlier simper< ?

synonym study for simmer

3. See boil1.

OTHER WORDS FROM simmer

sim·mer·ing·ly, adverbre·sim·mer, verbun·sim·mered, adjectiveun·sim·mer·ing, adjective
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How to use simmer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for simmer

simmer
/ (ˈsɪmə) /

verb
to cook (food) gently at or just below the boiling point
(intr) to be about to break out in rage or excitement
noun
the act, sound, or state of simmering

Word Origin for simmer

C17: perhaps of imitative origin; compare German summen to hum
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