Meaning of STIFLE in English

STIFLE

~ 1

■ verb

1》 prevent from breathing freely; suffocate.

2》 smother or suppress: she ~d a giggle.

↘prevent or constrain (an activity or idea).

Derivatives

~r noun

stifling adjective

stiflingly adverb

Origin

ME: perh. from a frequentative of OFr. estouffer 'smother, ~'.

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~ 2

■ noun a joint in the legs of horses, dogs, and other animals, equivalent to the knee in humans.

Origin

ME: of unknown origin.

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