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stifling

[ stahy-fling ]
/ ˈstaɪ flɪŋ /
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adjective

suffocating; oppressively close: the stifling atmosphere of the cavern.

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Origin of stifling

First recorded in 1550–60; stifle1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM stifling

sti·fling·ly, adverbun·sti·fling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stifling

stifling
/ (ˈstaɪflɪŋ) /

adjective

oppressively hot or stuffya stifling atmosphere

Derived forms of stifling

stiflingly, adverb
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