smother

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1smoth·er

noun \ˈsmə-thər\

Definition of SMOTHER

1
a :  thick stifling smoke or smudge
b :  a state of being stifled or suppressed
2
:  a dense cloud (as of fog or dust)
3
:  a confused multitude of things :  welter
smoth·ery \ˈsmə-thə-rē, ˈsməth-rē\ adjective

Origin of SMOTHER

Middle English, alteration of smorther, from smoren to smother, from Old English smorian to suffocate; akin to Middle Dutch smoren to suffocate
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SMOTHER

2smother

verb

: to kill (someone) by covering the face so that breathing is not possible

: to cover (something) in order to keep it from growing or spreading

: to try to keep (something) from happening : to try to stop doing (something)

smoth·eredsmoth·er·ing \ˈsmə-thə-riŋ, ˈsməth-riŋ\

Full Definition of SMOTHER

intransitive verb
:  to be overcome or killed through or as if through lack of air
transitive verb
1
:  to overcome or kill with smoke or fumes
2
a :  to kill by depriving of air
b :  to overcome or discomfit through or as if through lack of air
c :  to suppress (a fire) by excluding oxygen
3
a :  to cause to smolder
b :  to suppress expression or knowledge of <smothered his rage>
c :  to stop or prevent the growth or activity of <smother a child with too much care>; also :  overwhelm
d :  to cover thickly :  blanket <snow smothered the trails>
e :  to overcome or vanquish quickly or decisively
4
:  to cook in a covered pan or pot with little liquid over low heat

Examples of SMOTHER

  1. He tried to smother her with a pillow.
  2. She smothered the fire with a blanket.

First Known Use of SMOTHER

circa 1520

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