Basic+ Word of the Day: simmer

simmer (verb, noun) past tense: simmered LISTEN

The longer the soup simmers, the tastier it will be.

Simmer means ‘to cook just below the boiling point.’

  • Simmer the stew for two hours.
  • While the sauce is simmering, boil the pasta.

Simmer also means ‘to be in a state in which anger or excitement is present, but held back.’

  • Ted seemed calm, but he was simmering with excitement.

A simmer is the state of simmering.

  • With my stove, it's difficult to keep the soup at a simmer.

Common uses

simmer down: to become calm or quiet. Example: “If you want my help, you need to simmer down.”

In pop culture

Does Reggae music make you simmer down? Listen to Bob Marley and The Wailers sing “Simmer Down.”

There are other meanings of simmer.

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