- the mouth, or end for discharge, of the barrel of a gun, pistol, etc.
- the projecting part of the head of an animal, including jaws, mouth, and nose.
- a device, usually an arrangement of straps or wires, placed over an animal's mouth to prevent the animal from biting, eating, etc.
- to put a muzzle on (an animal or its mouth) so as to prevent biting, eating, etc.
- to restrain from speech, the expression of opinion, etc.: The censors muzzled the press.
- Nautical. to attach the cable to the stock of (an anchor) by means of a light line to permit the anchor to be pulled loose readily.
Origin of muzzle
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Examples from the Web for muzzled
Troops are on the streets, the media is muzzled, and the already weak caretaker government has been further marginalized.Thailand’s Non-Coup Coup
May 21, 2014
She had thought it legal as the greyhounds were muzzled and the magistrate gave her an absolute discharge.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
Released but not free, the famed Chinese artist is out of jail but muzzled and constrained by the government.Ai Weiwei Comes Home
Melinda Liu, Isaac Stone Fish
June 23, 2011
It would be well for the people if their advisers were muzzled too.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Talk about Winston if you like, but, after all, he has only muzzled the German fleet.
You ought to be ashamed of myself, and you should be muzzled.How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion
George W. Peck
Instead, it sat on its haunches close to the mountaineer, and muzzled his hand.Heart of the Blue Ridge
I've to be tied to the stake at ten, chained and muzzled—a leetle-a dawg!Rhoda Fleming, Complete
- the projecting part of the face, usually the jaws and nose, of animals such as the dog and horse
- a guard or strap fitted over an animal's nose and jaws to prevent it biting or eating
- the front end of a gun barrel
- to prevent from being heard or noticedto muzzle the press
- to put a muzzle on (an animal)
- to take in (a sail)
Word Origin and History for muzzled
late 14c., "device put over an animal's mouth to stop it from biting, eating, or rooting," from Old French musel "muzzle," also "snout, nose" (12c., Modern French museau), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout" (cf. Provençal mus, Old Spanish mus, Italian muso), of unknown origin, possibly related to Latin morsus "bite" (but OED finds "serious difficulties" with this). Meaning "projecting part of the head of an animal" is from early 15c. in English; sense of "open end of a firearm" first recorded 1560s.
"to put a muzzle on," early 15c., from muzzle (n.). Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Muzzled; muzzling.