What does smother mean?

Definitions for smotherˈsmʌð ər

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smother(noun)

    a confused multitude of things

  2. smother(verb)

    a stifling cloud of smoke

  3. smother, surround(verb)

    envelop completely

    "smother the meat in gravy"

  4. 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"

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

    conceal or hide

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

  6. smother(verb)

    form an impenetrable cover over

    "the butter cream smothered the cake"

  7. smother, put out(verb)

    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion

    "smother fires"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smother(verb)

    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. Smother(verb)

    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. Smother(verb)

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

  4. Smother(verb)

    to be suffocated or stifled

  5. Smother(verb)

    to burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder

  6. Smother(verb)

    stifling smoke; thick dust

  7. Smother(verb)

    a state of suppression

  8. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

  2. Joshua Crosier:

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

  3. Margaret Chan:

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

  4. 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!

  5. Ted Cruz:

    My approach, much to the frustration of media, is to bear hug both of them and smother them with love, i believe that gravity will bring both of those candidates down. I think the lion share of their supporters will come to us.

Images & Illustrations of smother

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Translations for smother

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • asfixiarCatalan, Valencian
  • ersticken, dämpfen, unterdrückenGerman
  • πνίγομαι, καταπνίγω, πνίγωGreek
  • reprimir, apagar, sofocarSpanish
  • tukahtua, tukehtua, tukehduttaa, tukahduttaa, kyteäFinnish
  • étoufferFrench
  • megfojtHungarian
  • ridurre, spegnere, rallentare, soffocare, colmare, reprimere, ricoprire, nascondere, estinguere, affogare, asfissiareItalian
  • tāmi, tātāmi, tāmouMāori
  • stikken, temperen, uitdovenDutch
  • przydusić, dusić, udusić, zdusićPolish
  • задушить, тушить, задохнуться, тлеть, задыхаться, душить, потушитьRussian
  • kvävas, dämpa, kvävaSwedish

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