Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



smoulder (third-person singular simple present smoulders, present participle smouldering, simple past and past participle smouldered)

  1. (intransitive, chiefly Britain) Alternative form of smolder
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter XI
      Lightning may blast and blacken, but it rarely gives rise to widespread fire. Decaying vegetation may occasionally smoulder with the heat of its fermentation, but this again rarely results in flames.
  2. (obsolete) To smother; to suffocate; to choke.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holinshed to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Palsgrave to this entry?)



  1. (obsolete) smoke; smother
    • (Can we date this quote by Gascoigne and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The smoulder stops our nose with stench.