- 1(Of water or food) stay just below the boiling point while being heated: the goulash was simmering slowly on the stove • figurative the disagreement simmered for years and eventually boiled overMore example sentences
boil gently, cook gently, bubble, stew
- Once the ingredients have simmered slowly in the soup, the chef adds the final seasonings and the alphabet soup is ready to be consumed and enjoyed.
- You could also put a large panful of boiling salted water on to simmer gently so that it will come to the boil quickly at half-time.
- Reduce heat immediately to keep the water simmering, but not boiling.
- 1.1 [with object] Keep (food) just below boiling when cooking or heating it: simmer the sauce gently until thickenedMore example sentences
- The resulting cooking liquid is simmered, seasoned, and served as the accompanying sauce.
- He's standing at the stove, simmering spaghetti sauce.
- For the young, brought up on MTV and quickie meals and express lines, will spending hours and hours lovingly simmering a pot of degchi mutton be something futile and unimaginable?
- 1.2Be in a state of suppressed anger or excitement: she was simmering with resentmentMore example sentences
- Another reason why this family drama works is every performance is strong and simmering with resentments and disappointments.
- Her speech certainly had the noble accent it acquired when she was simmering with suppressed anger.
- He simmers with anger and embarrassment for a few days, then confronts Abe for picking on him because he's ‘not a professional.’
- 1.3 (simmer down) Become calmer and quieter.More example sentences
- Where Good was an energetic collection of unique bouncing melodies, Fiji Baby simmers down with mellow ballads.
- Eventually (after 14 cigarettes and two of those carbonated malt beverages) the hatred simmers down and turns into pity.
- Straight ahead, simmering down or getting ready for another blowup?
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- A state or temperature just below the boiling point: bring the water to a simmerMore example sentences
- Reduce your boiling water to a simmer, and plop two raw bagels in the water.
- But just knowing her little brother was inside was enough to make her blood heat to a simmer.
- Once at boiling point, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until tender, then liquidise and check seasoning.
mid 17th century: alteration of dialect simper (in the same sense), perhaps imitative.