Definitions for stifleˈstaɪ fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sti•fleˈstaɪ fəl(v.)-fled, -fling.

  1. (v.t.)to quell, crush, or end by force.

  2. to suppress, curb, or withhold:

    to stifle a yawn.

  3. to kill by impeding respiration; smother.

  4. (v.i.)to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.

  5. to become stifled or suffocated.

Origin of stifle:

1350–1400; < ON stīfla, akin to stīfrstiff


sti•fleˈstaɪ fəl(n.)

  1. (in a horse or other quadruped) the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding to the human knee. Also called sti′fle joint`..

    Category: Mammals, Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of stifle:

1275–1325; ME, of uncert. orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stifle, knee(verb)

    joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress(verb)

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

  3. stifle, dampen(verb)

    smother or suppress

    "Stifle your curiosity"

  4. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke(verb)

    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

    "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

  5. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate(verb)

    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

    "The child suffocated under the pillow"


  1. stifle(Noun)

    A hind knee of various mammals, especially horses.

  2. stifle(Noun)

    A bone disease of this region.

  3. stifle(Verb)

    To interrupt or cut off.

  4. stifle(Verb)

    To repress, keep in or hold back.

    The army stifled the rebellion.

  5. stifle(Verb)

    To smother or suffocate.

    The heat was stifling the children.

  6. stifle(Verb)

    To feel smothered etc.

    The heat felt stifling.

  7. stifle(Verb)

    To die of suffocation.

    Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.

  8. stifle(Verb)

    To treat a silkworm cocoon with steam as part of the process of silk production.

  9. Origin: From stiflen, from stífla, from stífla, from stīfilaz, from steip-. Cognate with stífla, stivla, stipel, stipe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stifle(noun)

    the joint next above the hock, and near the flank, in the hind leg of the horse and allied animals; the joint corresponding to the knee in man; -- called also stifle joint. See Illust. under Horse

  2. Stifle(verb)

    to stop the breath of by crowding something into the windpipe, or introducing an irrespirable substance into the lungs; to choke; to suffocate; to cause the death of by such means; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust

  3. Stifle(verb)

    to stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame

  4. Stifle(verb)

    to suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion

  5. Stifle(verb)

    to die by reason of obstruction of the breath, or because some noxious substance prevents respiration

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Stifle

    In horses, cattle, and other quadrupeds, the joint between the femur and the tibia, corresponding to the human knee.

Anagrams of stifle

  1. filets, fliest, itself

Translations for stifle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to prevent, or be prevented, from breathing (easily) eg because of bad air, an obstruction over the mouth and nose etc; to suffocate

He was stifled to death when smoke filled his bedroom; I'm stifling in this heat!

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