- to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
- to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration: Hatred smoldered beneath a polite surface.
- to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like: to smolder with rage.
- dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
- a smoldering fire.
Origin of smolder
Related Words for smolderingexplode, fester, erupt, seethe, boil, consume, bubble, fume, fulminate, smoke, ferment, churn, stir, steam
Examples from the Web for smoldering
Contemporary Examples of smoldering
The escort site Cowboys4Angels peddles chiseled, hot-bodied men and their smoldering model looks to women willing to pay.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
While BFF Decker landed the cover, Teigen was named “rookie of the year,” launching her career as a smoldering centerfold.Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Chrissy Teigen Weds John Legend
September 15, 2013
Sculpted, smoldering, and defiant, he is first presented as the natural enemy of Bohannon, a former slave owner.‘Hell on Wheels’ Has Found Its Way
January 6, 2012
Gus may be smoldering inside, but the only indication the viewer ever gets is through the weight in his eyes.'Breaking Bad' Kills It!
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 10, 2011
But I would have this recurring dream in which I would cast a smoldering look and would hear giggles coming back at me.Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
Historical Examples of smoldering
There seemed to be a smoldering hate back of the light in those eyes.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He pushed a smoldering log with his foot toward the remnants of the embers.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
His eyes seemed to be smoldering like embers just ready to blaze.The Vagrant Duke
Fires were smoldering in many parts and not a house was left intact.
The speed of the towing had fanned the smoldering destruction.Youth
- the US spelling of smoulder
Word Origin and History for smoldering
c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."