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muzzle

noun muz·zle \ ˈmə-zəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of muzzle

1 :the projecting jaws and nose of an animal :snout
2 a :a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting
b :something (such as censorship) that restrains normal expression
3 :the open end of an implement; especially :the discharging end of a weapon

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Origin and Etymology of muzzle

Middle English mosel, from Middle French musel, from Old French *mus mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus

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muzzle

verb

Definition of muzzle

muzzled; muzzling play \ˈməz-liŋ, ˈmə-zə-\
transitive verb
1 :to fit with a muzzle
2 a :gag
  • muzzled the regime's critics
b :restrain, restrict
  • the Pentagon's efforts to muzzle press access
  • —Joe Strupp
  • the low prices muzzled competition

muzzler

play \-lər\ noun

Examples of muzzle in a Sentence

  1. a dangerous dog that should be muzzled

  2. attempts by the government to muzzle the press

  3. The company has tried to muzzle its employees by forbidding them to speak to the press.

Recent Examples of muzzle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'muzzle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of muzzle

15th century

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MUZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

muzzle

noun

Definition of muzzle for English Language Learners

  • : the usually long nose and mouth of an animal (such as a dog, horse, or pig)

  • : a covering for the mouth of a dog that stops it from biting people

  • : the hole at the end of a gun where the bullet comes out


muzzle

verb

Definition of muzzle for English Language Learners

  • : to put a muzzle on (a dog) : to place a covering on (the mouth of a dog) to stop biting

  • : to prevent (a person or group) from speaking or writing in a free or normal way


MUZZLE Defined for Kids

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muzzle

noun muz·zle \ ˈmə-zəl \

Definition of muzzle for Students

1 :the nose and mouth of an animal (as a dog)
2 :a covering for the mouth of an animal to prevent it from biting or eating
3 :the open end of a gun from which the bullet comes out when the gun is fired

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muzzle

verb

Definition of muzzle for Students

muzzled; muzzling
1 :to put a muzzle on
  • You must muzzle your dog.
2 :to keep from free expression of ideas or opinions
  • The dictator muzzled the press.

Medical Dictionary

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muzzle

noun muz·zle \ ˈməz-əl \

medical Definition of muzzle

1 :the projecting jaws and nose of an animal :snout
2 :a fastening or covering for the mouth of an animal used to prevent eating or biting

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muzzle

transitive verb

medical Definition of muzzle

muzzled; muzzling play \-(ə-)liŋ\
:to fit with a muzzle


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