- Simmer is defined as to cook something gently, keep at or just under boiling.
An example of simmer is cooking soup at a low temperature.
A chicken simmers in a pot.
simmer definition by Webster's New World
- 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: earlier 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
simmer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sim·mered, sim·mer·ing, sim·mers verb, intransitive
- To be cooked gently or remain just at or below the boiling point.
- a. To be filled with pent-up emotion; seethe.b. To be in a state of gentle ferment: thoughts simmering in the back of her mind.
- 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. See Synonyms at boil1.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English simpire, to simmer, probably of imitative origin.
simmer - Phrases/Idioms
- to condense by simmering, as a liquid
- â to become calm; cool off