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stifle1

[stahy-fuh l]
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verb (used with object), sti·fled, sti·fling.
  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), sti·fled, sti·fling.
  1. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
  2. to become stifled or suffocated.

Origin of stifle1

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse stīfla to stop up, dam, akin to stīfr stiff
Related formssti·fler, nounun·sti·fled, adjective

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1. prevent, preclude, put down. 2. check. 3. suffocate, strangle, choke.

Antonyms

1, 2. encourage.
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British Dictionary definitions for unstifled

stifle1

verb
  1. (tr) to smother or suppressstifle 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. (tr) to crush or stamp out
Derived Formsstifler, noun

Word Origin

C14: variant of stuflen, probably from Old French estouffer to smother

stifle2

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 unstifled

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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