Meaning of STIFLE in English


stifle 1

— stifler , n.

/stuy"feuhl/ , v. , stifled, stifling .


1. to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.

2. to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn.

3. to kill by impeding respiration; smother.


4. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.

5. to become stifled or suffocated.

[ 1350-1400; ME stifla to stop up, dam, akin to stifr stiff ]

Syn. 1. prevent, preclude, put down. 2. check. 3. suffocate, strangle, choke.

Ant. 1, 2. encourage.

stifle 2

/stuy"feuhl/ , n.

(in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding anatomically to the human knee. Also called stifle joint . See diag. under horse .

[ 1275-1325; ME ]

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