simmer down

simmer

[sim-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to cook or cook in a liquid at or just below the boiling point.
2.
to make a gentle murmuring sound, as liquids cooking just below the boiling point.
3.
to be in a state of subdued or restrained activity, development, excitement, anger, etc.: The town simmered with rumors.
verb (used with object)
4.
to keep (liquid) in a state approaching boiling.
5.
to cook in a liquid that is kept at or just below the boiling point.
noun
6.
the state or process of simmering.
Verb phrases
7.
simmer down,
a.
to reduce in volume by simmering.
b.
Slang. to become calm or quiet, as from a state of anger or turmoil: We waited for the audience to simmer down.

Origin:
1645–55; alteration of earlier simper < ?

simmeringly, adverb
resimmer, verb
unsimmered, adjective
unsimmering, adjective


3. See boil1.
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simmer (ˈsɪmə)
 
vb
1.  to cook (food) gently at or just below the boiling point
2.  (intr) to be about to break out in rage or excitement
 
n
3.  the act, sound, or state of simmering
 
[C17: perhaps of imitative origin; compare German summen to hum]

simmer down
 
vb
1.  informal (intr) to grow calmer or quieter, as after intense rage or excitement
2.  (tr) to reduce the volume of (a liquid) by boiling slowly

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Word Origin & History

simmer
1650s, alteration of simperen "to simmer" (late 15c.), possibly of imitative origin. Figurative sense, of feelings, "to be agitated" is from 1764. Opposite sense, in simmer down, first recorded 1871.
"I must and will keep shady and quiet till Bret Harte simmers down a little." [Mark Twain, letter, 1871]
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simmer (down) definition


  1. in.
    to reduce one's anger. : Simmer down, you guys.
  2. in.
    to get quiet. : I waited till things began to simmer down, and then I started.
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Idioms & Phrases

simmer down

Become calm after anger or excitement, as in Simmer down, Mary; I'm sure he'll make it up to you, or I haven't time to look at your report now, but I will when things have simmered down a bit. This idiom derives from simmer in the sense of "cook at low heat, below the boiling point." [Second half of 1800s]

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