Definition of smoldering in US English:

smoldering

(British smouldering)

noun

  • The process of burning slowly with smoke but no flame.

    ‘the smoldering can go unnoticed for many days before smoke starts to be seen’

adjective

  • 1Burning slowly with smoke but no flame.

    ‘a smoldering fire’
    ‘a pile of smoldering wood’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or showing barely suppressed anger, desire, or another powerful emotion.
      ‘each day the smoldering rage I felt burned hotter and brighter’
      ‘he met her smoldering eyes’

Pronunciation

smoldering

/ˈsmoʊldərɪŋ//ˈsmōldəriNG/