verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of smother
Examples from the Web for smothering
“Etouffée” means smothered, which is how this dish should be served: smothering the rice underneath it.
Certainly they would be better off under a reformist government, rather than the smothering absolutism of the oligarchy.
Bagg already had a stifled sensation––a frantic fear of smothering; a wish to breathe deep.Billy Topsail & Company|Norman Duncan
A little glow broke through the smothering blackness which had enshrouded her as she thought of how she could trust Richard.Rebecca's Promise|Frances R. Sterrett
For weeks I experienced the constant sensation of smothering, felt "full" and "stuffed," as the proverbial "stuffed toad" looks.Huts in Hell|Daniel A. Poling
He was choking, smothering—smothering with shame, hopelessness, despair.Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
She sprawled back, resignedly, in her chair, smothering a yawn.Highacres|Jane Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for smothering
Word Origin for smother
Word Origin and History for smothering
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.