Definition of seethe in US English:



[no object]
  • 1(of a liquid) bubble up as a result of being boiled.

    ‘the brew foamed and seethed’
    boil, bubble, simmer, foam, froth, rise, ferment, fizz, effervesce
    teem, swarm, boil, bubble, foam, ferment, swirl, convulse, churn, whirl, surge
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    1. 1.1archaic with object Cook (food) by boiling it in a liquid.
      ‘others were cut into joints and seethed in cauldrons made of the animal's own skins’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger.
      ‘inwardly he was seething at the slight to his authority’
      • ‘He also breaks down and makes a startling admission that will have fans of the book seething with anger.’
      • ‘Samantha seethed inwardly, and Bryce, watching her, saw her pout return.’
      • ‘I recall he listened rather impassively, but it was not until he saw me next week in the office that I realized he was seething with anger.’
      • ‘I am seething with rage at anyone who dares suggest that, in any way, such acts are even explicable, let alone justifiable.’
      • ‘The product of a broken home, Tim seethes with a silent rage that manifests itself in exceedingly destructive ways.’
      • ‘On the walk back to the tent with Liz, Gina inwardly seethed.’
      • ‘‘He was seething,’ one of the Afghan commanders said.’
      • ‘He paused, noticing that Devon was still seething with anger about Officer Sizemore.’
      • ‘I'm practically seething with anger before I'm even halfway through this old lady's cart of Christmas ornaments.’
      • ‘Once upon a time, I would have ducked my head and seethed privately.’
      • ‘The country is seething with resentment against alternately corrupt civil and military governments.’
      • ‘She was seething, but her anger was frighteningly under control.’
      • ‘In Wrexham, I was seething at the injustice of it all.’
      • ‘The hostile-attribution bias, which kicks in when you're seething with anger, makes matters worse.’
      • ‘I was seething with bitterness and rage as I placed Golf Digest back on the table.’
      • ‘I can either seethe with jealousy or you can be my new hero.’
      • ‘Amy seethed with anger on the inside, but forced herself to smile.’
      • ‘His voice was cool, but she knew he was seething with rage.’
      • ‘Inwardly he was seething with rage against himself.’
      • ‘Staring after him, still seething with rage, I breathed heavily.’
      be angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed, be infuriated, be beside oneself, have lost one's temper, have a fit, throw a fit, boil, simmer, be boiling over, chafe, rage, be in a rage, rant, rave, rant and rave, storm, fume, smoulder, spit, breathe fire, burn
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    3. 1.3 (of a place) be crowded with people or things moving about in a rapid or hectic way.
      ‘the entire cellar was seething with spiders’
      ‘the village seethed with life’
      • ‘Vienna was a city seething with officials from newly placed international organisations.’
      • ‘The marine environment seethes with a jumble of signals.’
    4. 1.4with adverbial of direction (of a crowd of people) move in a rapid or hectic way.
      ‘we cascaded down the stairs and seethed across the station’
      ‘the seething mass of commuters’
      • ‘One moment there was an expanse of green grass, and then, as if by magic, there was a seething, moving mass of blue and white, moving, singing, and embracing, as players struggled to reach the stand.’
      • ‘She had plunged her hand into the dirty washing basket, only to a find it a seething black mass of ants, attracted by my son's ice-lolly-soaked T-shirt.’
      • ‘There's a rich irony in the fact that we load our supermarket trolleys with antibacterial cleaners when we ourselves are seething masses of bacteria of endless variety.’
      • ‘Anyone who drove down Jomtien Beach Road on the next morning could not help but be impressed that the seething mass from the night before had apparently disappeared without a trace.’


Old English sēothan ‘make or keep boiling’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zieden.