muffle

1
[muhf-uh l]

verb (used with object), muf·fled, muf·fling.

noun


Nearby words

  1. muffin,
  2. muffin man,
  3. muffin stand,
  4. muffin top,
  5. muffineer,
  6. muffle color,
  7. muffled,
  8. muffler,
  9. muffuletta,
  10. mufti

Origin of muffle

1
1400–50; late Middle English mufeln, perhaps aphetic form of Anglo-French *amoufler, for Old French enmoufler to wrap up, muffle, derivative of moufle mitten (see en-1, muff); (def 8) directly < French moufle literally, mitten

muffle

2
[muhf-uh l]

noun

the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.

Origin of muffle

2
1595–1605; < Middle French mufle muzzle, snout, probably blend of moufle chubby face (obscurely akin to German Muffel snout) and museau snout, muzzle

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British Dictionary definitions for muffle

muffle

1

verb (tr)

(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)

noun

something that muffles
a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature

Word Origin for muffle

C15: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up

noun

the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents

Word Origin for muffle

C17: from French mufle, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for muffle
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