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[stahy-fling] /ˈstaɪ flɪŋ/
suffocating; oppressively close:
the stifling atmosphere of the cavern.
Origin of stifling
First recorded in 1550-60; stifle1 + -ing2
Related forms
stiflingly, adverb
unstifling, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was stiflingly hot, when usually the air possessed a distinct chill.

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  • The rooms of the palace, on the night of the reception, were stiflingly hot.

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  • Abruptly he became aware that the air in the room was stiflingly close.

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  • The church was stiflingly hot, and the morning sun still beat relentlessly in through the plain windows.

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  • At night it was stiflingly hot, and the next morning the sun again rose over a sea as smooth as a sheet of glass.

  • It was a large square room, like all the rest in the house, and stiflingly close and warm.

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  • There it was stiflingly hot, so when he lay down he pushed aside the coverlet, and even then he thrashed restlessly.

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  • It was so stiflingly hot that at last some one—the Comtesse, I believe—asked to have the windows opened on to the terrace.

  • Most of them were nearly naked; but the air was so stiflingly warm that those who had clothing had removed all they could.

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British Dictionary definitions for stiflingly


oppressively hot or stuffy: a stifling atmosphere
Derived Forms
stiflingly, adverb
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