Smolder is defined as to smoke and burn slowly without flames, or to hold in feelings of anger or hate.verb
- 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.
- 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 or hate
Origin: ME smoldren < Gmc *smul-: for IE base see smell
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also smoul·derintransitive verb smol·dered also smoul·dered, smol·der·ing also smoul·der·ing, smol·ders also 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.
Origin: Middle English smolderen, to suffocate, from smolder, smoke, probably alteration of smorther, from Old English smorian, to smoke.