simmer

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Etymology 1[edit]

From alteration of dialectal simper, from Middle English simperen (to simmer) [late 15th c.], of possibly imitative origin. First attested in the intransitive sense. The noun is from the verb.

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simmer (third-person singular simple present simmers, present participle simmering, simple past and past participle simmered)

  1. (intransitive) To cook or undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point. [from mid 17th c.]
    The soup simmered on the stove.
    • 2004, Susan Westmoreland, The Good Housekeeping Cookbook, Hearst Books (→ISBN), page 89:
      That way, the heat can circulate under the meat and prevent it from simmering in its juices.
  2. (transitive) To cause to cook or to cause to undergo heating slowly at or below the boiling point.
    Synonym: coddle
    Coordinate terms: bake, sauté
    Simmer the soup for five minutes, then serve.
    • 1981, Phyllis Hobson, Easy Game Cookery, Storey Publishing (→ISBN), page 2:
      There are other easy ways you can bake and simmer and sauté wild game without qualifying as a gourmet cook.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To be on the point of breaking out into anger; to be agitated. [from 1760s]
    • 2006, Earl Ganz, The Taos Truth Game, UNM Press (→ISBN)
      Maybe that really did happen, and Robin's anger at his wife had simmered for this long?
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To remain angry with someone or something past the point of exhaustion; to resign oneself to holding a grudge, especially after some failed attempts to resolve a situation.
    I tried to get through to him; all that's left for me to do is simmer.
  5. (intransitive, figuratively) To develop gradually, of an idea or plan.
    Synonyms: gestate, ferment
    • 2003, Mark H. Walker, Games That Sell!, Wordware Publishing, Inc., →ISBN, page 162:
      The idea for The Sims was one that had been simmering in Wright's mind for quite some time, and was initially conceived as an architecture simulation.
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Noun[edit]

simmer

  1. The state or process of simmering. [from early 19th c.]
    The kettle was kept on the simmer.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From sim (simulation, noun) +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

simmer (plural simmers)

  1. (informal, video games) Someone who plays a sim (a simulation game), particularly The Sims.
    (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)

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German[edit]

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simmer

  1. (colloquial, regional) Contraction of sind wir.
    Wann simmer denn da?When are we gonna be there?

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This contraction is common throughout central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria. It is only occasionally heard in northern Germany.

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Scots[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English sumor, from Proto-Germanic *sumaraz.

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simmer (plural simmers)

  1. summer

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian sumur, sumer, from Proto-Germanic *sumaraz.

Noun[edit]

simmer c (plural simmers, diminutive simmerke)

  1. summer

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Further reading[edit]

  • simmer”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011