Meaning of STIFLE in English


I. ˈstī-fəl noun

Etymology: Middle English

Date: 14th century

: the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse or dog) corresponding to the human knee — see horse illustration

II. verb

( sti·fled ; sti·fling -f(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: alteration of Middle English stuflen

Date: 1513

transitive verb


a. : to kill by depriving of oxygen : suffocate


(1) : smother

(2) : muffle


a. : to cut off (as the voice or breath)

b. : to withhold from circulation or expression : repress

stifled our anger

c. : deter , discourage

intransitive verb

: to become suffocated by or as if by lack of oxygen : smother

stifling in the heat

• sti·fler -f(ə-)lər noun

• sti·fling·ly -f(ə-)liŋ-lē adverb

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