Definition of


  1. (noun, phenomenon) a stifling cloud of smoke
  2. (noun, state) a confused multitude of things
  3. (verb, contact) conceal or hide
    muffle one's anger
    strangle a yawn
  4. (verb, contact) envelop completely
  5. (verb, contact) deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
  6. (verb, contact) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
  7. (verb, stative) form an impenetrable cover over

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Alternate forms of Smother

Derivations: smotherer

Hyponyms: rummage

Hypernyms: conquer, cover, curb, disorder, disorderliness, extinguish, fume, inhibit, kill, smoke, snuff out, spread over, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Origin of the word Smother

  1. c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smorthre (n.) "dense, suffocating smoke" (c.1175), from stem of O.E. smorian "to suffocate, choke," possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation" is from 1548; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1591. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1579; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is… more

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