smoulder Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “smoulder” in the English Dictionary

"smoulder" in British English

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smoulderverb [I]

UK (US smolder) uk   /ˈsməʊl.dər/  us   /ˈsmoʊl.dɚ/

smoulder verb [I] (BURN)

to ​burnslowly with ​smoke but without ​flames: a smouldering ​fire smouldering embers The ​fire was ​started by a smouldering ​cigarette.

smoulder verb [I] (PROBLEM)

If a ​problem or ​unpleasantsituation smoulders, it ​continues to ​exist and may ​becomeworse at any ​time: The ​dispute is still smouldering, five ​years after the ​negotiationsbegan.

smoulder verb [I] (EMOTION)

If a ​strongemotion smoulders, it ​exists, but is ​prevented from being ​expressed: She was smouldering withrage as she ​explained how her ​son had been ​killed.

smoulder verb [I] (ROMANTIC FEELINGS)

A ​person who smoulders has ​strongsexual or ​romanticfeelings but does not ​express them: He ​gazed at her with smouldering eyes, ​wishing she wasn't ​married.
(Definition of smoulder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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