- to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums.
- to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
- to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., especially to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often followed by up): Muffle up the children before they go out.
- to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering: muffled in silk.
- to alter temporarily the profile of (a plaster mold) in order to run a base coat of plaster that will later be covered by a finish coat having the true profile.
- something that muffles.
- muffled sound.
- an oven or arched chamber in a furnace or kiln, used for heating substances without direct contact with the fire.
Origin of muffle1
- the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
Origin of muffle2
Related Words for mufflemuzzle, dampen, subdue, mute, soft-pedal, envelop, hush, squelch, deaden, stifle, hide, conceal, cover, smother, soften, wrap, drown, decrease, quieten, cushion
Examples from the Web for muffle
Contemporary Examples of muffle
He pulled one out and slipped it over my head, zipping the mouth closed to muffle my voice.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Prague Fatale is authentic because Kerr can muffle the horror of this epoch in dramatic irony but he can also shout it out loud.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao
May 9, 2012
Police theorized that her killer used the blanket to muffle the sound of the gunshots.L.A. Policewoman on Trial for Murdering Her Ex’s Wife
March 8, 2012
From that spot, the canvas pulsates before your eyes, like a fabric reaching out to muffle you—like a primordial soup, bubbling.Carsten Nicolai’s Skydiving Dance
September 24, 2011
Susan Batson, a Hollywood acting coach, says that actors don't explicitly say that their goal is to muffle their words.Mumbling Wins Oscars!
March 3, 2010
Historical Examples of muffle
The mist seemed to muffle voices as well as obscure the vision.
Pulou (pu-lo'u)--to muffle; to cover the head and face (p. 31).Unwritten Literature of Hawaii
Nathaniel Bright Emerson
It was what had been used to muffle his cries, and he saw it was a handkerchief.The Rider of Waroona
On the wall hung their deadly guns, with silencers on them to muffle the report.Letters on an Elk Hunt
Elinore Pruitt Stewart
She tried to muffle the words with her hand, but his passion swept him on.The Silver Poppy
- (often foll by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
- to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
- to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
- something that muffles
- a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
Word Origin for muffle
- the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
Word Origin for muffle
early 15c., "to cover or wrap (something) to conceal or protect," perhaps from Middle French mofler "to stuff," from Old French moufle "thick glove, muff" (cf. Old French enmoufle "wrapped up"); see muff (n.). Meaning "wrap something up to deaden sound" first recorded 1761. Related: Muffled; muffling.
"thing that muffles," 1560s, from muffle (v.).