- to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
- to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn.
- to kill by impeding respiration; smother.
- to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
- to become stifled or suffocated.
Origin of stifle1
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Examples from the Web for stifler
Ridicule is the stifler of all energy amongst those she controls.Godolphin, Complete
The last I witnessed was, as Dick Swiveller remarks, a 'stifler.'The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales
Francis A. Durivage
- (tr) to smother or suppressstifle a cough
- to feel or cause to feel discomfort and difficulty in breathing
- to prevent or be prevented from breathing so as to cause death
- (tr) to crush or stamp out
- the joint in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc, between the femur and tibia
Word Origin and History for stifler
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.