- An example of smolder is a hot wood ember left over from a fire burning to ashes.
- An example of smolder is someone not expressing anger and letting it intensify inside of them.
Smolder is defined as to smoke and burn slowly without flames, or to hold in feelings of anger or hate.
- to burn and smoke without flame; be consumed by slow combustion
- to exist in a suppressed state or with activity stifled
- to have or show feelings of suppressed anger, hate, passion, etc.
Origin of smolderMiddle English smoldren ; from Germanic an unverified form smul-: for Indo-European base see smell
the act or condition of smoldering
intransitive verbsmol·dered, smol·der·ing, smol·ders also smoul·dered or smoul·der·ing or smoul·ders
- To burn with little smoke and no flame.
- To exist in a suppressed state: Revolution smoldered in the masses.
- To show signs of repressed anger or hatred.
Thick smoke resulting from a slow fire.
Origin of smolderMiddle English smolderen, to suffocate, from smolder, smoke, probably alteration of smorther, from Old English smorian, to smoke.
(third-person singular simple present smolders, present participle smoldering, simple past and past participle smoldered)