Definition of smoulder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    smoulder

     verb
    (especially US English smolder)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smoulder
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldər//
     
    he / she / it smoulders
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldərz//
     
    past simple smouldered
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldərd//
     
    past participle smouldered
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldərd//
     
    -ing form smouldering
    BrE BrE//ˈsməʊldərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmoʊldərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to burn slowly without a flame The bonfire was still smouldering the next day. a smouldering cigarette (figurative) The feud smouldered on for years.
  2. 2[intransitive] (formal) to be filled with a strong emotion that you do not fully express synonym burn smoulder (with something) His eyes smouldered with anger. smoulder (in something) Anger smouldered in his eyes.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: related to Dutch smeulen.