- to cook or cook in a liquid at or just below the boiling point.
- to make a gentle murmuring sound, as liquids cooking just below the boiling point.
- to be in a state of subdued or restrained activity, development, excitement, anger, etc.: The town simmered with rumors.
- to keep (liquid) in a state approaching boiling.
- to cook in a liquid that is kept at or just below the boiling point.
- the state or process of simmering.
- simmer down,
- 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.
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.
Cover it close, set it on hot coals, and let it simmer about an hour.
Then put in the strained blood and simmer it for another hour, at least.
Let it simmer awhile, but take it up before it comes to a boil.
Simmer them for an hour, and having skimmed it well, strain off the liquid.
Set the pan on hot coals, and simmer them gently about five minutes.
- to cook (food) gently at or just below the boiling point
- (intr) to be about to break out in rage or excitement
- the act, sound, or state of simmering
Word Origin and History 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.