Smolder meaning

smōldər
(intransitive, figuratively) To show signs of repressed anger or suppressed mental turmoil or other strong emotion, such as passion.
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Smolder is defined as to smoke and burn slowly without flames, or to hold in feelings of anger or hate.

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.

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To burn with little smoke and no flame.
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To burn and smoke without flame; be consumed by slow combustion.
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To have or show feelings of suppressed anger, hate, passion, etc.
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The act or condition of smoldering.
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(intransitive, US) To burn with no flame and little smoke.

The remains of the bonfire were left to smolder for hours.

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To exist in a suppressed state.

Revolution smoldered in the masses.

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To show signs of repressed anger or hatred.
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Thick smoke resulting from a slow fire.
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To exist in a suppressed state or with activity stifled.
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Origin of smolder

  • Middle English smolderen to suffocate from smolder smoke probably alteration of smorther from Old English smorian to smoke

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