Definition of muffle
- muffle the oarlocks
They tried to muffle the noise.
I could hear their muffled voices from the next room.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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