Nearby words

  1. simla,
  2. simmel,
  3. simmel, georg,
  4. simmental,
  5. simmenthaler,
  6. simmer dim,
  7. simmer down,
  8. simmonds disease,
  9. simms,
  10. simms, william gilmore

Origin of simmer

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

Related formssim·mer·ing·ly, adverbre·sim·mer, verbun·sim·mered, adjectiveun·sim·mer·ing, adjective

Synonym study

3. See boil1.

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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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Word Origin and History for simmer

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