verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to reduce in volume by simmering.
- Slang. to become calm or quiet, as from a state of anger or turmoil: We waited for the audience to simmer down.
- simmel, georg,
- simmer dim,
- simmer down,
- simmonds disease,
- simms, william gilmore
Origin of simmer
Examples from the Web for simmer
Add the butter, chicken stock, salt, bay leaf, thyme, and tarragon and bring to a simmer.
Transfer the halves and cylinders to a medium sauté pan with the chicken stock and butter and bring to a simmer.
Add the vinegar, bring to a simmer, then stir in the chicken stock.
In a small saucepan, combine the yogurt, cream, and vadouvan spice and bring to a simmer.
Add the remaining tomatoes, cover, and simmer for another 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Simmer for five minutes, then add two pounds of shelled peas, six small raw French carrots and one dozen raw fresh asparagus tips.
Put back the rings of onions into this, and let them simmer gently.Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery|A. G. Payne
Simmer the flakes of two crabs and one-half of a chopped onion in butter.
Simmer by side of fire for twenty minutes, skimming carefully.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode|Harriet A. de Salis
Moisten with a pint of consomm (stock, Art. 1), and simmer them gently for two hours.French Dishes for American Tables|Pierre Caron
Word Origin for simmer
1650s, alteration of simperen "to simmer" (late 15c.), possibly imitative; not thought to be connected to simper (v.). OED says the change is "probably due to a feeling of phonetic appropriateness." Figurative sense, of feelings, "to be agitated" is from 1764. Opposite sense, in simmer down, first recorded 1871, probably from the notion of moving from a full boil to a mere simmer.
I must and will keep shady and quiet till Bret Harte simmers down a little. [Mark Twain, letter, 1871]
Related: Simmered; simmering. The noun meaning "a condition of simmering" is from 1809.