Pronunciation Verb

seethe (seethes, present participle seething; past seethed, past participle seethed)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To boil.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter ix], in Le Morte Darthur, book VI:
      A none syr kay sayd / here is good mete for vs for one meale / for we had not many a day no good repast / And so that veneson was rosted baken and soden / and so after souper somme abode there al that nyghte
    • 1933, Herbert Danby, The Mishnah, p.289:
      When he had cooked or seethed the Peace-offering, the priest took the sodden shoulder of the ram and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer and put them upon the hands of the Nazirite and waved them.
    • 1960, James Enge, Travellers' Rest:
      Seethe some of that in Gar Vindisc's good water and bring it to us. Bread, too, as long as you don't make it from shellbacks.”
  2. (intransitive, of a liquid) To boil vigorously.
  3. (intransitive, of a liquid) To foam in an agitated manner, as if boiling.
  4. (intransitive, of a person, figuratively) To be in an agitated or angry mental state, as if boiling.
  5. (intransitive, of a place, figuratively) To buzz with activity.
    • 2011, Kate Kingsley, Kiss & Break Up (page 201)
      Shock Box was the skankiest bar in Hasted, complete with a cheesy jukebox, cheap pints, and a sweaty club in the basement that seethed every weekend with a superhorny boarding-school crowd.
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