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[seeth] /sið/
verb (used without object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
to surge or foam as if boiling.
to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
Archaic. to boil.
verb (used with object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
to soak or steep.
to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
the act of seething.
the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin of seethe
before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda
Related forms
seethingly, adverb
unseethed, adjective
unseething, adjective
2. See boil1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seethe
Historical Examples
  • The path of SaintsIs such; so shall she look from heaven, and seethe road which led her thither.

    The Saint's Tragedy Charles Kingsley
  • I tried to control myself, but the seethe of rage almost choked me.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • It runs thus: “Take nettles, and seethe them in oil, smear and rub all thy body therewith; the cold will depart away.”

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • Sphere and block and pyramid ran together, seemed to seethe.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Andrews was left alone amid the seethe of the rain and the tumultuous gurgle of water-spouts.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • Early the next morning the town began to seethe in the squares.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn Harold MacGrath
  • Then everything rises, the pavements begin to seethe, popular redoubts abound.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • It had made Lingard seethe with unspoken, but the more deeply felt, indignation.

    Jane Oglander Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Dont you seethe favorites have got so much on their backs, the longer they wheel and turn, the more they take out of themselves?

  • I'd keep dish-water continually boiling, but I'd seethe such suitors: I have had much ado to keep 'em from bloodshed.

British Dictionary definitions for seethe


(intransitive) to boil or to foam as if boiling
(intransitive) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
(transitive) to soak in liquid
(transitive) (archaic) to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
the act or state of seething
Word Origin
Old English sēothan; related to Old Norse sjōtha, Old High German siodan to seethe
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Word Origin and History for seethe

Old English seoþan "to boil," also figuratively, "be troubled in mind, brood" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, past participle soden), from Proto-Germanic *seuthan (cf. Old Norse sjoða, Old Frisian siatha, Dutch zieden, Old High German siodan, German sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."

Driven out of its literal meaning by boil (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated as a weak verb, and past participle sodden (q.v.) is no longer felt as connected.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seethe in the Bible

to boil (Ex. 16:23).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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