- Seethe is to bubble up, or to become agitated or angry, or to move in a hectic way.
- When a pot of water on the stove with pasta in it bubbles up and boils, this is an example of a time when the pot seethes.
- When a river is really rough and choppy, this is an example of when it seethes.
- When someone insults you and you sit in the room growing angrier and angrier, this is an example of when you seethe.
- A state fair bustling with people is an example of something that seethes with life.
A seething pot of pasta.
transitive verbseethed, seething
- to cook by boiling
- to soak, steep, or saturate in liquid
Origin of seetheMiddle English sethen ; from Old English sēothan, akin to German sieden ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sew-, to cook, boil from source Sanskrit hāvayan, (they) stew
- to boil or to surge, bubble, or foam as if boiling
- to be violently agitated or disturbed
verbseethed seethed, seeth·ing, seethes
- To churn and foam as if boiling.
- a. To be in a state of turmoil or ferment: The nation seethed with rebellion.b. To be violently excited or agitated: I seethed with anger over the insult. See Synonyms at boil1.
- Archaic To boil.
verb, transitive Archaic
Origin of seetheMiddle English sethen, to boil, from Old English sēothan.
(third-person singular simple present seethes, present participle seething, simple past seethed or sod (archaic), past participle seethed or sodden (archaic))
From Middle English sethen, from Old English sÄ“oÃ¾an (â€œto seethe, boil, cook in a liquid; subject to a fiery ordeal, try as with fire; subject to great pain, afflict, afflict grievously, disturb; prepare food for the mind; subject the mind with occupations; be troubled in mind, broodâ€), from Proto-Germanic *seuÃ¾anÄ… (â€œto seethe, boilâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚seut-, *hâ‚‚sut-, *hâ‚‚sew- (â€œto move about, roil, seetheâ€). Akin to Scots seth, seith (â€œto seetheâ€), Dutch zieden (â€œto seethe, boilâ€), Low German seden (â€œto seetheâ€), German sieden (â€œto seethe, boilâ€), Danish syde (â€œto seethe, boilâ€), Swedish sjuda (â€œto seethe, boilâ€), Icelandic sjÃ³Ã°a (â€œto seethe, boilâ€). Related also to Gothic ðƒðŒ°ðŒ¿ðŒ¸ðƒ (sauÃ¾s, â€œburnt offering, sacrificeâ€). Other cognates include Albanian zjej (â€œboil, seetheâ€).