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Pronunciation: /siːð

Definition of seethe in English:


[no object]
1(Of a liquid) boil or be turbulent as if boiling: the grey ocean seethed
teem, swarm, boil, bubble, foam, ferment, swirl, convulse, churn, whirl, surge
1.1 [with object] archaic 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(Of a person) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger: inwardly he was seething at the slight to his authority
More example sentences
  • She was seething, but her anger was frighteningly under control.
  • The product of a broken home, Tim seethes with a silent rage that manifests itself in exceedingly destructive ways.
  • Inwardly he was seething with rage against himself.
be angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed, be infuriated, be beside oneself, have lost one's temper, have/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
informal be livid, be wild, jump up and down, froth/foam at the mouth, be steamed up, be hot under the collar, have steam coming out of one's ears
British informal do one's head/nut in, throw a wobbly, spit feathers
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
More example sentences
  • 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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