Definitions for smotherˈsmʌð ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing.
to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air.
to cover closely or thickly; envelop:
to smother a steak with mushrooms.
to suppress or repress:
to smother one's grief.
to cook (food) slowly in a tightly covered pan with little liquid:
(v.i.)to become stifled or suffocated; be prevented from breathing freely.
to be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.
(n.)dense, stifling smoke.
a smoking or smoldering state, as of burning matter.
dust, fog, etc., in a dense or enveloping cloud.
an overspreading profusion of anything:
a smother of papers.
Origin of smother:
1125–75; ME smorther dense smoke; akin to OE smorian to suffocate
clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smother(noun)
a confused multitude of things
a stifling cloud of smoke
"smother the meat in gravy"
smother, asphyxiate, suffocate(verb)
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
"Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress(verb)
conceal or hide
"smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
form an impenetrable cover over
"the butter cream smothered the cake"
smother, put out(verb)
deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to kill sb by putting sth over their mouth so they cannot breathe
She was accused of smothering the baby.
to try to stop yourself from doing sth
attempts to smother their laughter
to put out a fire by covering it
a blanket to smother the flames
to protect a child too much
His mother had always smothered him.
to destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child
to affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire
hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure
to be suffocated or stifled
to burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder
stifling smoke; thick dust
a state of suppression
Translations for smother
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to kill or die from lack of air, caused especially by a thick covering over the mouth and nose; to suffocate
He smothered his victim by holding a pillow over her face.
- يَخْنُق، يَخْتَنِقArabic
- задушавам (се)Bulgarian
- sufocarPortuguese (BR)
- udusit (se)Czech
- πνίγω, πνίγομαι από έλλειψη αέραGreek
- asfixiar, ahogarSpanish
- lämmatama, lämbumaEstonian
- خفه كردنFarsi
- गला घोटनाHindi
- ugušiti, udaviti seCroatian
- soffocare, asfissiareItalian
- 질식 시키다Korean
- dusinti, dustiLithuanian
- nosmacēt; noslāpēt; nosmakt; noslāptLatvian
- (doen) stikkenDutch
- dusić (się), dławić sięPolish
- خفه كردنPersian
- تربتول، خپه كول، سابندول: مخه نيول، بندول: مروړلPashto
- a sufocaRomanian
- (за)душить; задохнутьсяRussian
- zadusiť (sa)Slovak
- zadušiti (se)Slovenian
- 窒息Chinese (Trad.)
- душити; задихнутисяUkrainian
- سانس گھونٹناUrdu
- làm nghẹt thở, bóp chếtVietnamese
- 窒息Chinese (Simp.)
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