verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of smother
Examples from the Web for half-smothered
Presently came the half-smothered sound of a shot and a half-stifled cry from the rearmost litter.An Apache Princess|Charles King
The long, half-smothered, piteous cry that followed, was almost unheard in the roaring of the storm that now was at its height.
There was a half-smothered cry, a sharp thud, like a body striking the pavement, and then came silence.The Apartment Next Door|William Andrew Johnston
"But—but—" spluttered Billiard, still hugging his half-smothered treasure to his bosom.Tabitha's Vacation|Ruth Alberta Brown
There was a half-smothered exclamation of dismay from Marjorie.Marjorie Dean High School Freshman|Pauline Lester
British Dictionary definitions for half-smothered
Word Origin for smother
Word Origin and History for half-smothered
c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smother (n.), earlier smorthre "dense, suffocating smoke" (late 12c.), from stem of Old English smorian "to suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle," cognate with Middle Dutch smoren, German schmoren; possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation in any manner" is from 1540s; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1590s. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1570s; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1590s. Related: Smothered; smothering.