- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cook by boiling
- to soak, steep, or saturate in liquid
Origin: Middle 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
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intransitive verb seethed 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 suppressed revolutionary activity.b. To be violently excited or agitated: I seethed with anger over the insult. See Synonyms at boil1.
- Archaic To come to a boil.
Origin: Middle English sethen, to boil, from Old English sēothan.
- seethe noun