verb (used without object), noun
verb (used without object)
Origin of smolder
Examples from the Web for smoulder
Then the “$8.00” began to smoulder under his lids again, and he returned himself to servitude.Martin Eden|Jack London
For the first time since the forest fires had begun to smoulder, the dead air took a sense of motion.Despair's Last Journey|David Christie Murray
Neither must it be too damp, else it will smoulder and discourage the fire.Fisherman's Luck|Henry van Dyke
Inversely, sentiments underlie all our ideas; they smoulder in the dying embers of abstractions.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
How that knowledge must smoulder or blaze in her mind, night and day—all the worse if she was partly guilty!The Honour of the Clintons|Archibald Marshall
Word Origin for smoulder
see smolder. Related: Smouldered; smouldering; smoulderingly.
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."