- to kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills; strangle.
- to impede the respiration of.
- to discomfort by a lack of fresh or cool air.
- to overcome or extinguish; suppress.
- to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
- to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
Origin of suffocate
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Examples from the Web for suffocatingly
Suffocatingly dense the throng about this grave, and strangely quiet.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The temperature of the room seemed to him suffocatingly warm.Under Fire
Frank A. Munsey
The air was breezeless and suffocatingly loaded with that dust not yet deposited.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
She had time to notice how suffocatingly dry the other world was.Grim: The Story of a Pike
All the windows were open, but yet the hall was suffocatingly close.The Walking Delegate
- to kill or be killed by the deprivation of oxygen, as by obstruction of the air passage or inhalation of noxious gases
- to block the air passages or have the air passages blocked
- to feel or cause to feel discomfort from heat and lack of air
C16: from Latin suffōcāre, from sub- + faucēs throat
Word Origin and History for suffocatingly
early 15c., from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (see suffocation). Related: Suffocated; suffocating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
- To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.
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