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muf·fle 1

 (mŭf′əl)
tr.v. muf·fled, muf·fling, muf·fles
1. To wrap up, as in a blanket or shawl, for warmth, protection, or secrecy.
2.
a. To wrap or pad in order to deaden the sound: muffled the drums.
b. To deaden (a sound): The sand muffled the hoofbeats.
3. To make vague or obscure: "His message was so muffled by learning and 'artiness'" (Walter Blair).
4. To repress; stifle.
n.
1. Something that muffles.
2. A kiln or part of a kiln in which pottery can be fired without being exposed to direct flame.

[Middle English muflen, possibly from Old French mofler, to stuff, from mofle, glove; see muff2.]

muf·fle 2

 (mŭf′əl)
n.
The hairless snout of certain ruminants, such as moose.

[French mufle, perhaps blend of moufle, chubby face (from Old French; see muff2) and museau, muzzle (from Old French musel; see muzzle).]

muffle

(ˈmʌfəl)
vb (tr)
1. (Clothing & Fashion) (often foll by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
2. to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
3. to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
n
4. something that muffles
5. (Ceramics) a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
[C15: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up]

muffle

(ˈmʌfəl)
n
1. (Zoology) the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
[C17: from French mufle, of unknown origin]

muf•fle1

(ˈmʌf əl)
v. -fled, -fling,
n. v.t.
1. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums.
2. to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
3. to wrap or envelop in a shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often fol. by up).
4. to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering: muffled in silk.
5. to suppress; stifle.
n.
6. something that muffles.
7. muffled sound.
8. an oven to heat something, as pottery.
[1400-50; perhaps aph. form of Anglo-French *amoufler, for Old French enmoufler to muffle, derivative of moufle mitten (see en-1, muff); (definition 8) directly < French moufle literally, mitten]

muf•fle2

(ˈmʌf əl)
n.
the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
[1595–1605; < Middle French mufle muzzle, snout, probably b. moufle chubby face (obscurely akin to German Muffel snout) and museau snout, muzzle]

muffle


Past participle: muffled
Gerund: muffling

Imperative
muffle
muffle
Present
I muffle
you muffle
he/she/it muffles
we muffle
you muffle
they muffle
Preterite
I muffled
you muffled
he/she/it muffled
we muffled
you muffled
they muffled
Present Continuous
I am muffling
you are muffling
he/she/it is muffling
we are muffling
you are muffling
they are muffling
Present Perfect
I have muffled
you have muffled
he/she/it has muffled
we have muffled
you have muffled
they have muffled
Past Continuous
I was muffling
you were muffling
he/she/it was muffling
we were muffling
you were muffling
they were muffling
Past Perfect
I had muffled
you had muffled
he/she/it had muffled
we had muffled
you had muffled
they had muffled
Future
I will muffle
you will muffle
he/she/it will muffle
we will muffle
you will muffle
they will muffle
Future Perfect
I will have muffled
you will have muffled
he/she/it will have muffled
we will have muffled
you will have muffled
they will have muffled
Future Continuous
I will be muffling
you will be muffling
he/she/it will be muffling
we will be muffling
you will be muffling
they will be muffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been muffling
you have been muffling
he/she/it has been muffling
we have been muffling
you have been muffling
they have been muffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been muffling
you will have been muffling
he/she/it will have been muffling
we will have been muffling
you will have been muffling
they will have been muffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been muffling
you had been muffling
he/she/it had been muffling
we had been muffling
you had been muffling
they had been muffling
Conditional
I would muffle
you would muffle
he/she/it would muffle
we would muffle
you would muffle
they would muffle
Past Conditional
I would have muffled
you would have muffled
he/she/it would have muffled
we would have muffled
you would have muffled
they would have muffled

muffle

A kiln in which pottery is fired without direct exposure to the flames.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muffle - a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperaturemuffle - a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature
kiln - a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
Verb1.muffle - conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
2.muffle - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrappingmuffle - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer

muffle

verb
1. deaden, suppress, gag, stifle, silence, dull, soften, hush, muzzle, quieten He held a handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice. (often with up)
2. wrap up, cover, disguise, conceal, cloak, shroud, swathe, envelop, swaddle All of us were muffled up in several layers of clothing.
Translations

muffle

[ˈmʌfl] VT
1. (= deaden) [+ sound] → amortiguar
2. (= wrap warmly) (also muffle up) → abrigar
to muffle o.s. (up)abrigarse
3. (= cover) [+ oars, drum, hooves] → enfundar(para amortiguar el ruido)
he muffled the receiver (Telec) → tapo el auricular con la mano

muffle

[ˈmʌfəl] vt
[+ sound] → assourdir, etouffer
(against cold)emmitoufler

muffle

vt
(= wrap warmly: also muffle up) personeinmummen
(= deaden) sound, shot etcdampfen; noiseabschwachen; shoutsersticken; bells, oars, drumumwickeln

muffle

[ˈmʌfl] vt
a. (wrap warmly) (also muffle up) → imbacuccare
b. (deaden, sound) → smorzare, attutire; (screams) → soffocare

muffle

(ˈmafl) verb
to deaden the sound of. They used a gag to muffle his cries.
ˈmuffler noun
1. a scarf worn round the neck.
2. (American) a silencer on a motor vehicle.
References in classic literature ?
So that, through their zeal for him, they had all conspired, so far as in them lay, to muffle up the knowledge of this thing from others; and hence it was, that not till a considerable interval had elapsed, did it transpire upon the Pequod's decks.
That's a graveyard, and it's proper to muffle the drums and lower the flags as we go by, and we'd better take off our hats, too; it's more respectable, I think.
The fog still slept on the wing above the drowned city, where the lamps glimmered like carbuncles; and through the muffle and smother of these fallen clouds, the procession of the town's life was still rolling in through the great arteries with a sound as of a mighty wind.