verb (used without object)
Origin of smolder
Examples from the Web for smoldering
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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|Anna Klassen|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sculpted, smoldering, and defiant, he is first presented as the natural enemy of Bohannon, a former slave owner.
Gus may be smoldering inside, but the only indication the viewer ever gets is through the weight in his eyes.
But I would have this recurring dream in which I would cast a smoldering look and would hear giggles coming back at me.
From time to time Julian, who had wakened early, gazed with smoldering eyes at the insolent composure of his enemy sleeping.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
They soon came upon the smoldering fire that marked the other party's night encampment.The Fire People|Ray Cummings
Beaumarchais thus was able to ignore the smoldering resentment of his enemies and to press forward his vast enterprises.Beaumarchais and the War of American Independence Vol. 2 of 2|Elizabeth S. Kite
Presently a whisper reached my ears that fanned the smoldering embers of discontent within me to a scorching flame.Wee Wifie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
He patted her with one hand, holding his smoldering pipe in the other.In the Heart of a Fool|William Allen White
British Dictionary definitions for smoldering
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."