Meaning of STIFLE in English


1. v.

1. tr. smother, suppress (stifled a yawn).

2 intr. & tr. experience or cause to experience constraint of breathing (stifling heat).

3 tr. kill by suffocating.


stifler n. stiflingly adv.

Etymology: perh. alt. of ME stuffe, stuffle f. OF estouffer 2. n. (in full stifle-joint) a joint in the legs of horses, dogs, etc., equivalent to the knee in humans.

Phrases and idioms:

stifle-bone the bone in front of this joint.

Etymology: ME: orig. unkn.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.