[[t]ˈsɪm ər[/t]] v. i.
1) coo to cook just at or below the boiling point
2) to be in a state of subdued or restrained activity, development, excitement, anger, etc
3) to keep (liquid) in a state approaching boiling
4) coo to cook in a liquid kept just at or below the boiling point
5) phv simmer down
a) sts to become calm or quiet
b) to reduce in volume by simmering
6) the state or process of simmering
Etymology: 1645–55; alter. of earlier simper, late ME; of obscure orig. sim′mer•ing•ly, adv. syn: See boil I .

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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