étouffé

adjective
étouf·fé | \¦āˌtü¦fā\

Definition of étouffé 

: stifled, smothered used especially of a damping or muting of the tone on a stringed instrument (such as the harp)

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History and Etymology for étouffé

French, from past participle of étouffer to stifle, smother, mute, from Middle French estouffer to smother, suffocate

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