- 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 simmering
Contemporary Examples of simmering
And suddenly France is simmering again with DSK spring fever.French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver
May 17, 2014
Handing folks an easier way to tag your organization—and highlight their simmering discontent—is not going to end well.Why Industry Hashtags #FAIL
May 5, 2014
Over the last three days the simmering confrontation suddenly erupted.Ukraine's President Flees Kiev, Tymoshenko Is Free at Last
February 22, 2014
If the flames of separatism in Punjab seemed to be simmering, the secessionist strife in Kashmir was just peaking.Farewell to Manmohan Singh, India’s Puppet Prime Minister
January 5, 2014
Dissent against Erdogan has been simmering for a while because of his increased authoritarianism.Turkey’s Struggle for Checks and Balances
January 3, 2014
Historical Examples of simmering
Soon the whole forecastle was simmering with talk about revenge.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Can you ever believe that, I have called you a 'simmering pot of Emerald broth'?Sandra Belloni, Complete
Stir fifteen minutes, and, while simmering, flavor with vanilla or lemon.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
Harold, just then, had happily uncovered the simmering kettle.The Red Tavern
Charles Raymond Macauley
With regard to simmering taps, he also holds a contrary opinion.The Labour-saving House
Dorothy Constance Bayliff Peel
- 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
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.