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stifle1

[stahy-fuh l] /ˈstaɪ fəl/
verb (used with object), stifled, stifling.
1.
to quell, crush, or end by force:
to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
2.
to suppress, curb, or withhold:
to stifle a yawn.
3.
to kill by impeding respiration; smother.
verb (used without object), stifled, stifling.
4.
to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
5.
to become stifled or suffocated.
Origin of stifle1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse stīfla to stop up, dam, akin to stīfr stiff
Related forms
stifler, noun
unstifled, adjective
Synonyms
1. prevent, preclude, put down. 2. check. 3. suffocate, strangle, choke.
Antonyms
1, 2. encourage.
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Examples from the Web for stifled
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  • The man in the chair threw up his hands as if to keep the other off, and uttered a stifled cry.

    Madame Midas Fergus Hume
  • "I shall never leave her again," said Hilda, in a stifled tone.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Alice threw back her lace veil as if she were stifled by the transparent mesh.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • There was the vibration of a stifled laugh, and her heart jumped to meet it.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • But if she resented his tone and his words, she stifled her resentment.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for stifled

stifle1

/ˈstaɪfəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to smother or suppress: stifle a cough
2.
to feel or cause to feel discomfort and difficulty in breathing
3.
to prevent or be prevented from breathing so as to cause death
4.
(transitive) to crush or stamp out
Derived Forms
stifler, noun
Word Origin
C14: variant of stuflen, probably from Old French estouffer to smother

stifle2

/ˈstaɪfəl/
noun
1.
the joint in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc, between the femur and tibia
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stifled

stifle

v.

late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Old French estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s. Related: Stifled; stifling.

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