muffle

1
[ muhf-uh l ]
/ ˈmʌf əl /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for muffled (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 muffled (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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