Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

stifling

[stahy-fling] /ˈstaɪ flɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suffocating; oppressively close:
the stifling atmosphere of the cavern.
Origin of stifling
1550-1560
1550-60; stifle1 + -ing2
Related forms
stiflingly, adverb
unstifling, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stiflingly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Abruptly he became aware that the air in the room was stiflingly close.

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

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

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

  • The night was stiflingly black, there were no stars and not a light glimmered anywhere in the settlement.

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

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • It was stiflingly hot too and in one corner of the cabin there was a tiny bright spot and a curl of smoke.

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

  • The air was stiflingly, swelteringly hot, and the flies maddening in their persistence.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for stiflingly

stifling

/ˈstaɪflɪŋ/
adjective
1.
oppressively hot or stuffy: a stifling atmosphere
Derived Forms
stiflingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stifling

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stiflingly

0
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for stiflingly