stifle

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[ stahy-fuhl ]
/ ˈstaɪ fəl /

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

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1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse stīfla to stop up, dam, akin to stīfr stiff

SYNONYMS FOR stifle

ANTONYMS FOR stifle

1, 2 encourage.

OTHER WORDS FROM stifle

sti·fler, nounun·sti·fled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unstifled (1 of 2)

stifle1
/ (ˈstaɪfəl) /

verb

(tr) to smother or suppressstifle 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 of stifle

stifler, noun

Word Origin for stifle

C14: variant of stuflen, probably from Old French estouffer to smother

British Dictionary definitions for unstifled (2 of 2)

stifle2
/ (ˈstaɪfəl) /

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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