A chicken simmers in a pot.
An example of simmer is cooking soup at a low temperature.
- to remain at or just below the boiling point, usually forming tiny bubbles with a low, murmuring sound
- to be about to break out, as in anger, revolt, etc.
Origin of simmerearlier simper from Late Middle English simperen: origin, originally echoic
- to keep (a liquid) at or just below the boiling point
- to cook in such a liquid
- to condense by simmering, as a liquid
- to become calm; cool off
verbsim·mered, sim·mer·ing, sim·mers
- To be cooked gently or remain just at or below the boiling point.
- a. To be filled with pent-up emotion: simmer with resentment.b. To be in a state of mild agitation or turmoil: resentment simmering between rivals.c. To develop in a slow or unexcited way: She let the idea for the novel simmer. See Synonyms at boil1.
- To cook (food) gently in a liquid just at or below the boiling point.
- To keep (a liquid) near or just below the boiling point.
Origin of simmerAlteration of Middle English simpren to simmer probably of imitative origin
- The state or process of simmering.
- The kettle was kept on the simmer.
(third-person singular simple present simmers, present participle simmering, simple past and past participle simmered)