seethe (v.) O.E. seoþan "to boil" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, pp. soden), from P.Gmc. *seuthanan (Cf. O.N. sjoða, O.Fris. siatha, Du. zieden, O.H.G. siodan, Ger. sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."
Driven out of its literal meaning by BOIL (Cf. boil) (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated weak, and pp. SODDEN (Cf. sodden) (q.v.) no longer felt as connected.

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  • Seethe — Seethe, v. t. [imp. {Seethed}({Sod}, obs.); p. p. {Seethed}, {Sodden}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seething}.] [OE. sethen, AS. se[ o]?an; akin to D. sieden, OHG. siodan, G. sieden, Icel. sj??a, Sw. sjuda, Dan. syde, Goth. saubs a burnt offering. Cf. {Sod} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seethe — Seethe, v. i. To be a state of ebullition or violent commotion; to be hot; to boil. 1 Sam. ii. 13. [1913 Webster] A long Pointe, round which the Mississippi used to whirl, and seethe, and foam. G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seethe — [ sið ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be extremely angry: Don t threaten me, Ronnie seethed. seethe with: He still seethed with anger over Maude s comments. 2. ) to be full of a lot of people or animals that are moving around quickly: seethe with:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • seethe — [si:ð] v [: Old English; Origin: seothan [i] to boil ] 1.) to feel an emotion, especially anger, so strongly that you are almost shaking = ↑fume seethe with ▪ He was seething with anger. ▪ I was absolutely seething. 2.) be seething (with sth) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • seethe — [v] be very angry be furious, be incensed, be livid, be mad, be on the warpath*, blow one’s stack*, blow up*, boil, breathe fire*, bristle, burn, ferment, flare, flip, foam, foam at mouth*, froth, fume, hit the ceiling*, rage, see red*, simmer,… …   New thesaurus

  • seethe — ► VERB 1) (of a liquid) boil or be turbulent as if boiling. 2) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger. 3) be crowded with people or things. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • seethe — [sēth] vt. seethed, seething [ME sethen < OE sēothan, akin to Ger sieden < IE base * sew , to cook, boil > Sans hāvayan, (they) stew] 1. to cook by boiling 2. to soak, steep, or saturate in liquid vi. 1. to boil or to surge, bubble, or… …   English World dictionary

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