étouffé

adjective étouf·fé \¦āˌtü¦fā\

Definition of étouffé

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

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Origin and Etymology of étouffé

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


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