Simple Definition of stifle
: to not allow yourself to do or express (something)
: to stop (someone) from doing or expressing something
: to make (something) difficult or impossible
Full Definition of stifle
stifledstifling play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
: to be or become unable to breathe easily <stifling in the heat>
Examples of stifle in a sentence
trying to stifle a cry
I had to stifle the desire to yell “Stop!”.
Students at the school are stifled by the pressure to score high on tests.
Too many regulations stifle innovation.
something that stifles the growth of the plant
I wish we could go outside instead of stifling in this tiny room.
He was almost stifled by the smoke.
Origin of stifle
alteration of Middle English stuflen
First Known Use: 1513
STIFLE Defined for Kids
Definition of stifle for Students
1 : to cause or have difficulty in breathing <The room was hot and stifling.>
2 : to keep in check by effort <I had to stifle a laugh.>
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
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