muf·​fle | \ ˈmə-fəl How to pronounce muffle (audio) \
muffled; muffling\ ˈmə-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce muffling (audio) \

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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Examples of muffle in a Sentence

They tried to muffle the noise. I could hear their muffled voices from the next room.
Recent Examples on the Web Those cheers were muffled late Thursday over reports that U.S. officials are still deliberating the extent of easing tariffs if talks progress. Washington Post, "Stocks edge lower as investors listen for trade deal clues," 8 Nov. 2019 Chris Lundahl’s lighting and Jeff Grafton’s sound (though somewhat muffled by the yawning Lucy Stern Theater) are good. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Review: Palo Alto Players’ ‘Bright Star’ connects on many levels," 16 Sep. 2019 Plus, that extra carpeting helps muffle sound, so meetings can get lively without disturbing people outside of the conference room. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Want to Live in Create & Cultivate's Colorful LA Office," 16 Sep. 2019 By minimizing OxyContin’s market share, the per-pill sales data that Purdue prefers also muffles the drug’s outsized impact in certain states, especially in the Northeast. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Details are taken from life: The floggings with a leather strap lined with sheet metal and the oversize industrial fan used to muffle the boys’ cries come from the narratives of the White House Boys themselves. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own," 11 July 2019 Sitting in a Los Angeles restaurant on a balmy August evening, the Academy Award winner throws her hands over her face to muffle her excitement. Samantha Highfill,, "Stream Queens: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon on their TV reunion and how The Morning Show changed after #MeToo," 10 Sep. 2019 The lab is unnaturally quiet, its studio-quality acoustic wall paneling muffling the sounds of nearby rehearsals. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby aims to help the next generation score the future," 17 Sep. 2019 And on Wednesday, two relief candidates stumbled as the offense, perhaps feeling the effects of an energy shortage following the revelry, was muffled in the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ bullpen stumbles again in loss to Orioles," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of muffle was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of muffle

: to make (a sound) quieter : to decrease the noise made by (something)
chiefly British : to wrap or cover (someone or something) in clothing or cloth for warmth or protection


muf·​fle | \ ˈmə-fəl How to pronounce muffle (audio) \
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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