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.
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Origin of simmer
synonym study for simmer
OTHER WORDS FROM simmersim·mer·ing·ly, adverbre·sim·mer, verbun·sim·mered, adjectiveun·sim·mer·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for simmer down (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for simmer down (2 of 2)
Word Origin for simmer
Idioms and Phrases with simmer down
Become calm after anger or excitement, as in Simmer down, Mary; I'm sure he'll make it up to you, or I haven't time to look at your report now, but I will when things have simmered down a bit. This idiom derives from simmer in the sense of “cook at low heat, below the boiling point.” [Second half of 1800s]