What does smother mean?

Definitions for smother
ˈsmʌð ərsmoth·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word smother.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smothernoun

    a confused multitude of things

  2. smotherverb

    a stifling cloud of smoke

  3. smother, surroundverb

    envelop completely

    "smother the meat in gravy"

  4. smother, asphyxiate, suffocateverb

    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"

  5. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

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

  6. smotherverb

    form an impenetrable cover over

    "the butter cream smothered the cake"

  7. smother, put outverb

    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion

    "smother fires"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smotherverb

    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

  2. Smotherverb

    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

  3. Smotherverb

    hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure

  4. Smotherverb

    to be suffocated or stifled

  5. Smotherverb

    to burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder

  6. Smotherverb

    stifling smoke; thick dust

  7. Smotherverb

    a state of suppression

  8. Etymology: [OE. smotheren; akin to E. smoor. See Smoor.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smother

    smuth′ėr, v.t. to suffocate by excluding the air: to conceal.—v.i. to be suffocated or suppressed: to smoulder.—n. smoke: thick floating dust: state of being smothered: confusion.—ns. Smotherā′tion, suffocation: a sailor's dish of meat buried in potatoes; Smoth′eriness.—adv. Smoth′eringly.—adj. Smoth′ery, tending to smother: stifling. [M. E. smorther—A.S. smorian, to smother; cf. Ger. schmoren, to stew.]

Anagrams for smother »

  1. Mothers

  2. Thermos

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smother in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of smother in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Chan:

    We are scaling up our action, We must smother this little fire before it gets out of control.

  2. The Omani shed:

    When you want something desperately, you smother the chance for it to come to you. Relax; focus on life as it is in the here and now, then all will come to you before you know it!

  3. The Democrats:

    It’s not in a bloody Civil War, it’s a revolution that is sold to you as progress when it is not, if America were patient, this White House will be happy to smother it with a pillow.

  4. Leonard Hand:

    Heretics have been hated from the beginning of recorded time; they have been ostracized, exiled, tortured, maimed and butchered; but it has generally proved impossible to smother them; and when it has not, the society that has succeeded has always declined.

  5. Joshua Crosier:

    crime is like a fire you must smother it before it gets out of hand

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  • asfixiarCatalan, Valencian
  • ersticken, unterdrücken, dämpfenGerman
  • καταπνίγω, πνίγομαι, πνίγωGreek
  • apagar, reprimir, sofocarSpanish
  • tukahtua, tukahduttaa, kyteä, tukehduttaa, tukehtuaFinnish
  • étoufferFrench
  • megfojtHungarian
  • affogare, estinguere, nascondere, asfissiare, ricoprire, ridurre, reprimere, spegnere, rallentare, soffocare, colmareItalian
  • tāmou, tātāmi, tāmiMāori
  • temperen, uitdoven, stikkenDutch
  • udusić, dusić, przydusić, zdusićPolish
  • потушить, задыхаться, задушить, тушить, душить, задохнуться, тлетьRussian
  • kväva, kvävas, dämpaSwedish

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