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

Origin of stifling

First recorded in 1550–60; stifle1 + -ing2
Related formssti·fling·ly, adverbun·sti·fling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stiflingly

Historical Examples of stiflingly

  • It was stiflingly hot, when usually the air possessed a distinct chill.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The rooms of the palace, on the night of the reception, were stiflingly hot.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • Abruptly he became aware that the air in the room was stiflingly close.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The church was stiflingly hot, and the morning sun still beat relentlessly in through the plain windows.

  • At night it was stiflingly hot, and the next morning the sun again rose over a sea as smooth as a sheet of glass.

British Dictionary definitions for stiflingly



oppressively hot or stuffya stifling atmosphere
Derived Formsstiflingly, adverb
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