Origin of simmer

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

Related forms

sim·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


/ (ˈsɪmə) /


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 for simmer

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