- 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
Examples from the Web for muffled
He said Moran had expected to be muffled by state observers when he did a slot on their show.Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export
September 24, 2014
No he-said-she-said, no muffled sounds through the dorm ceiling, no “Maybe he has other issues.”Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
May 27, 2014
Pistorius yelled back over the muffled gasps that emanated from the rest of the courtroom.Pistorius Prosecutor: ‘Say I Shot And Killed Her!’
April 9, 2014
The gun control argument, which was muffled by the bombing last week, also has gotten a second life.Trash Talk Returns as Pols, Pundits Point Fingers Over Boston Bombing
April 24, 2013
Up came the sound, realistically loud: people screaming and, in the distance, muffled gunshots.Don’t Shoot! Why Being a Hero Is Not That Easy
March 12, 2013
Her voice was muffled, and he knew then that she was crying.K
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
My gentle rap upon the hollow panel was answered by a muffled sob.City of Endless Night
- (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
- the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
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.).