noun \ˈstī-fəl\

Definition of STIFLE

:  the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse or dog) corresponding to the human knee — see horse illustration

Origin of STIFLE

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with STIFLE



: to not allow yourself to do or express (something)

: to stop (someone) from doing or expressing something

: to make (something) difficult or impossible

sti·fledsti·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STIFLE

transitive verb
a :  to kill by depriving of oxygen :  suffocate
b (1) :  smother
(2) :  muffle
a :  to cut off (as the voice or breath)
b :  to withhold from circulation or expression <stifled our anger>
c :  deter, discourage
intransitive verb
:  to be or become unable to breathe easily <stifling in the heat>
sti·fler \-f(ə-)lər\ noun
sti·fling·ly \-f(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of STIFLE

  1. trying to stifle a cry
  2. I had to stifle the desire to yell Stop!.
  3. Students at the school are stifled by the pressure to score high on tests.
  4. Too many regulations stifle innovation.
  5. something that stifles the growth of the plant
  6. I wish we could go outside instead of stifling in this tiny room.
  7. He was almost stifled by the smoke.

Origin of STIFLE

alteration of Middle English stuflen
First Known Use: 1513

Related to STIFLE


noun \ˈstī-fəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STIFLE

: the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse) corresponding to the knee in humans

Illustration of STIFLE


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