Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To churn and foam as if boiling.
  • intransitive v. To be in a state of turmoil or ferment: The nation seethed with suppressed revolutionary activity.
  • intransitive v. To be violently excited or agitated: I seethed with anger over the insult. See Synonyms at boil1.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To come to a boil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To boil.
  • v. To boil vigorously.
  • v. To foam in an agitated manner, as if boiling.
  • v. To be in an agitated or angry mental state, as if boiling.
  • v. To buzz with activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be a state of ebullition or violent commotion; to be hot; to boil.
  • transitive v. To decoct or prepare for food in hot liquid; to boil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To boil; decoct, or prepare for food by boiling: as, to seethe flesh.
  • To soak.
  • To boil; be in a state of ebullition, literally or figuratively.
  • To boil: prepare food by boiling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be in an agitated emotional state
  • v. be noisy with activity
  • v. boil vigorously
  • v. foam as if boiling

Etymologies

Middle English sethen, to boil, from Old English sēothan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sethen, from Old English sēoþan ("to seethe, boil, cook in a liquid; subject to a fiery ordeal, try as with fire; subject to great pain, afflict, afflict grievously, disturb; prepare food for the mind; subject the mind with occupations; be troubled in mind, brood"), from Proto-Germanic *seuþanan (“to seethe, boil”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂seut-, *h₂sut-, *h₂sew- (“to move about, roil, seethe”). Akin to Scots seth, seith ("to seethe"), Dutch zieden ("to seethe, boil"), Low German seden ("to seethe"), German sieden ("to seethe, boil"), Danish syde ("to seethe, boil"), Swedish sjuda ("to seethe, boil"), Icelandic sjóða ("to seethe, boil"). Related also to Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌿𐌸𐍃 (sauþs, "burnt offering, sacrifice"). Other cognates include Albanian zjej ("boil, seethe"). (Wiktionary)

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