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
Simple Definition of smother
: 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)
Full Definition of smother
smoth·eredsmoth·er·ing play \ˈsmə-thə-riŋ, ˈsməth-riŋ\
: to be overcome or killed through or as if through lack of air
1 : to overcome or kill with smoke or fumes
2a : to kill by depriving of airb : to overcome or discomfit through or as if through lack of airc : to suppress (a fire) by excluding oxygen
3a : to cause to smolderb : 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 : overwhelmd : 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
He tried to smother her with a pillow.
She smothered the fire with a blanket.
First Known Use of smother
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