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

Word History


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

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“étouffé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9touff%C3%A9. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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