verb (used without object), noun

Nearby words

  1. smorzando,
  2. smote,
  3. smother,
  4. smothered mate,
  5. smothery,
  6. smout,
  7. smp,
  8. smriti,
  9. sms,
  10. smsa

Related formsun·smoul·der·ing, adjectiveun·smoul·der·ing·ly, adverb


or smoul·der


verb (used without object)

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

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English smolder smoky vapor, dissimilated variant of smorther smother; (v.) Middle English (as present participle smolderende), derivative of the noun

Related formsun·smol·der·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smoulder


US smolder

verb (intr)

to burn slowly without flame, usually emitting smoke
(esp of anger, etc) to exist in a suppressed or half-suppressed state
to have strong repressed or half repressed feelings, esp anger


dense smoke, as from a smouldering fire
a smouldering fire

Word Origin for smoulder

C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin


verb, noun

the US spelling of smoulder
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Word Origin and History for smoulder
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