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muffle

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[ muhf-uhl ]
/ ˈmʌf əl /
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verb (used with object), muf·fled, muf·fling.
noun
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Origin of muffle

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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

Other definitions for muffle (2 of 2)

muffle2
[ muhf-uhl ]
/ ˈmʌf əl /

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

Origin of muffle

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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 (1 of 2)

muffle1
/ (ˈmʌfəl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for muffle (2 of 2)

muffle2
/ (ˈmʌfəl) /

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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