verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of smother
Examples from the Web for smother
You just have to find that yin of decency and locate the gestures and words that smother the yang of fear.
Even this night was used by them to grab at something to fool men—to smother God in their hearts.Women's Wild Oats|C. Gasquoine Hartley
These shade and smother more grass and thus advance the forest another limb's length.The Rocky Mountain Wonderland|Enos A. Mills
With a smother of foam, the metal canister toppled from its cradle into the milk-white wake of the swiftly-moving M.-L.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge|Percy F. Westerman
Word Origin for smother
c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smother (n.), earlier smorthre "dense, suffocating smoke" (late 12c.), from stem of Old English smorian "to suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle," cognate with Middle Dutch smoren, German schmoren; possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation in any manner" is from 1540s; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1590s. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1570s; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1590s. Related: Smothered; smothering.