[muhf-uh l]

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


Origin of muffle

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muffled

Contemporary Examples of muffled

Historical Examples of muffled

  • Her voice was muffled, and he knew then that she was crying.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He leaned far over and poked his finger into a muffled form.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • On the steps, a carpet, thick and heavy, muffled his footfalls.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • There was a muffled uproar, and the few women present surrounded the poor man.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • My gentle rap upon the hollow panel was answered by a muffled sob.

British Dictionary definitions for muffled



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)


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




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 muffled



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.).

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