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muffle

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verb muf·fle \ˈmə-fəl\

Simple Definition of muffle

  • : to make (a sound) quieter : to decrease the noise made by (something)

  • : to wrap or cover (someone or something) in clothing or cloth for warmth or protection

Full Definition of muffle

muf·fledmuf·fling play \ˈmə-f(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wrap up so as to conceal or protect :  envelop

  3. 2 obsolete :  blindfold

  4. 3 a :  to wrap or pad with something to dull the sound <muffle the oarlocks> b :  to deaden the sound of

  5. 4 :  keep down, suppress <muffled her anger>

Examples of muffle

  1. They tried to muffle the noise.

  2. I could hear their muffled voices from the next room.



Origin of muffle

Middle English muflen


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with muffle



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