muf·fle | \ ˈmə-fəl \
muffled; muffling\ˈmə-f(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of muffle 

transitive verb

1 : to wrap up so as to conceal or protect : envelop

2 obsolete : blindfold

3a : to wrap or pad with something to dull the sound muffle the oarlocks

b : to deaden the sound of

4 : keep down, suppress muffled her anger

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Synonyms & Antonyms for muffle


mute, stifle



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Examples of muffle in a Sentence

They tried to muffle the noise. I could hear their muffled voices from the next room.

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The space is surprisingly quiet, neighborhood noise muffled by the building’s perforated metal screen as well as the towers looming outside. John King,, "S.F.’s long-awaited Salesforce Transit Center sets opening date for Aug. 12," 10 July 2018 The story unfolded slowly, calmly, its violence muffled by the confusion of its narrator, a guileless teen-age girl. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame," 28 May 2018 This is probably not the motto at the new Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, an attractive Southlake restaurant ironically housed in a former Cici’s Pizza, but one step inside is enough to muffle even the most vociferous anti-buffet eater. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 Or behind a new technology to muffle the blast of a pistol, even if tens of millions of firearms are sold each year. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "What’s so wrong with Silicon Valley investing in sin?," 9 July 2018 LaVar Ball would no doubt respond by putting the Lakers on blast, but sound is muffled from a distance. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "LaVar Ball's latest bluster shows Los Angeles Lakers need to trade Lonzo Ball," 5 July 2018 In the beginning of the show, the visuals behind the band didn't function properly and the sound was muffled, according to local outlets. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Dave Matthews Band Battled Sound Issues, Skipped the Hits at Summerfest," 2 July 2018 Her sobs were muffled, maybe to keep her 3-year-old son from seeing his mother in such distress. Steve Lopez,, "They're sick, traumatized, malnourished and transient — what child poverty looks like in Los Angeles," 9 June 2018 Privacy - Terms When it's done for the convenience of a pet owner, the goal is typically to muffle or silence a dog's bark or a cat's meowing, the society says. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Breeder 'debarked' dogs by shoving a pipe down their throats, Penn. authorities say," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of muffle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for muffle

Middle English muflen

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English Language Learners Definition of muffle

: to make (a sound) quieter : to decrease the noise made by (something)

: to wrap or cover (someone or something) in clothing or cloth for warmth or protection


muf·fle | \ ˈmə-fəl \
muffled; muffling

Kids Definition of muffle

1 : to deaden the sound of muffle a cry

2 : to wrap up so as to hide or protect muffled in a coat

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