- 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, hate, passion, etc.
Origin of smolderMiddle English smoldren ; from Germanic an unverified form smul-: for Indo-European base see smell
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.
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)