Definition of seethe in English:


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Pronunciation: /siːð


[no object]
  • 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
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    • Vienna was a city seething with officials from newly placed international organisations.
    • The marine environment seethes with a jumble of signals.
  • 3.1 [with 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 (as adjective seething) the seething mass of commuters
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    • 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.
    • 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.





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

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