muffle

verb muf·fle \ ˈmə-fəl \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of muffle

muffled; muffling play \ˈmə-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to wrap up so as to conceal or protect : envelop
2 obsolete : blindfold
3 a : 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

Examples of muffle in a Sentence

  1. They tried to muffle the noise.

  2. I could hear their muffled voices from the next room.

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Origin and Etymology of muffle

Middle English muflen

muffle Synonyms


MUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

muffle

verb

Definition of muffle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MUFFLE Defined for Kids

muffle

verb muf·fle \ ˈmə-fəl \

Definition of muffle for Students

muffled; muffling
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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