muffler

[muhf-ler]

noun

a scarf worn around one's neck for warmth.
any of various devices for deadening sound, as the sound of escaping gases of an internal-combustion engine.
anything used for muffling sound.
Armor. a mittenlike glove worn with a mail hauberk.

Origin of muffler

First recorded in 1525–35; muffle1 + -er1
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Related Words for muffler

damper, silencer, sordino, sourdine

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British Dictionary definitions for muffler

muffler

noun

a thick scarf, collar, etc
US and Canadian any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicleAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): silencer
something that muffles
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Word Origin and History for muffler
n.

1530s as a kind of wrap for the throat, agent noun from muffle (v.); as an automobile exhaust system silencer, it is attested from 1895.

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