Seethe meaning

sēth
To churn and foam as if boiling.
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To boil (something).
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To cook by boiling.
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To boil or to surge, bubble, or foam as if boiling.
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Seethe is to bubble up, or to become agitated or angry, or to move in a hectic way.

When a pot of water on the stove with pasta in it bubbles up and boils, this is an example of a time when the pot seethes.

When a river is really rough and choppy, this is an example of when it seethes.

When someone insults you and you sit in the room growing angrier and angrier, this is an example of when you seethe.

A state fair bustling with people is an example of something that seethes with life.

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To boil.
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The act or condition of seething.
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To boil.
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(intransitive, of a liquid) To boil vigorously.
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(intransitive, of a liquid) To foam in an agitated manner, as if boiling.
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(intransitive, of a person, figuratively) To be in an agitated or angry mental state, as if boiling.
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(intransitive, of a place, figuratively) To buzz with activity.
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To soak, steep, or saturate in liquid.
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To be violently agitated or disturbed.
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Origin of seethe

  • Middle English sethen to boil from Old English sēothan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sethen, from Old English sÄ“oþan (“to seethe, boil, cook in a liquid; subject to a fiery ordeal, try as with fire; subject to great pain, afflict, afflict grievously, disturb; prepare food for the mind; subject the mind with occupations; be troubled in mind, brood"), from Proto-Germanic *seuþanÄ… (“to seethe, boil"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚seut-, *hâ‚‚sut-, *hâ‚‚sew- (“to move about, roil, seethe"). Akin to Scots seth, seith (“to seethe"), Dutch zieden (“to seethe, boil"), Low German seden (“to seethe"), German sieden (“to seethe, boil"), Danish syde (“to seethe, boil"), Swedish sjuda (“to seethe, boil"), Icelandic sjóða (“to seethe, boil"). Related also to Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 (sauþs, “burnt offering, sacrifice"). Other cognates include Albanian zjej (“boil, seethe").

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