muffle

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verb muf·fle \ˈmə-fəl\

Definition of muffle

muffled

muffling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wrap up so as to conceal or protect :  envelop

  3. 2 obsolete :  blindfold

  4. 3 a :  to wrap or pad with something to dull the sound <muffle the oarlocks> b :  to deaden the sound of

  5. 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.

Origin and Etymology of muffle

Middle English muflen


First Known Use: 15th century


MUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

muffle

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verb muf·fle \ˈmə-fəl\

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

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verb muf·fle \ˈmə-fəl\

Definition of muffle for Students

muffled

muffling

  1. 1 :  to deaden the sound of <muffle a cry>

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



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