- 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
Examples from the Web for smoulder
Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Any or all of these emotions might have lain beneath the smoulder in her eyes.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
By this time the clothes of both lads had begun to smoulder.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico
Frank Gee Patchin
In a moment he had smothered the smoulder, and was beating off the sparks with his ruler.Little Aliens
My hope was to keep them in, to let them smoulder in their own ashes.Egmont
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
- 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
- the US spelling of smoulder
Word Origin and History 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."