smother

[ smuhth-er ]
/ ˈsmʌð ər /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become stifled or suffocated; be prevented from breathing.
to be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.

noun

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Origin of smother

1125–75; (noun) Middle English smorther dense smoke; akin to Old English smorian to suffocate; (v.) Middle English smo(r)theren, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for smothering

smother
/ (ˈsmʌðə) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of smother

smothery, adjective

Word Origin for smother

Old English smorian to suffocate; related to Middle Low German smōren
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