smoulder

[ smohl-der ]
/ ˈsmoʊl dər /

verb (used without object), noun

Related forms

un·smoul·der·ing, adjectiveun·smoul·der·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for smoulder (2 of 2)

smolder

or smoul·der

[ smohl-der ]
/ ˈsmoʊl dər /

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.

noun

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 forms

un·smol·der·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smoulder (1 of 2)

smoulder

US smolder

/ (ˈsməʊldə) /

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

noun

dense smoke, as from a smouldering fire
a smouldering fire

Word Origin for smoulder

C14: from smolder (n), of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for smoulder (2 of 2)

smolder

/ (ˈsməʊldə) /

verb, noun

the US spelling of smoulder
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