SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), sti·fled, sti·fling. to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression. to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn. to kill by impeding respiration; smother. verb (used without object), sti·fled, sti·fling. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere. to become stifled or suffocated. Origin of stifle 1 1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse stīfla to stop up, dam, akin to stīfr stiff Related forms sti·fler, noun un·sti·fled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stifler Historical Examples of stifler British Dictionary definitions for stifler verb (tr) to smother or suppress stifle a cough to feel or cause to feel discomfort and difficulty in breathing to prevent or be prevented from breathing so as to cause death (tr) to crush or stamp out Derived Forms stifler, noun Word Origin for stifle
C14: variant of
stuflen, probably from Old French estouffer to smother noun the joint in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc, between the femur and tibia Word Origin for stifle
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stifler v.
late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Old French
estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s. Related: Stifled; stifling.
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