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smoth·er

 (smŭth′ər)
v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
v.tr.
1.
a. To suffocate (another).
b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
2. To conceal, suppress, or hide: Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward.
3. To cover thickly: smother chicken in sauce.
4. To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone): The grandparents smothered the child with affection.
v.intr.
1.
a. To suffocate.
b. To be extinguished.
2. To be concealed or suppressed.
3. To be surfeited with an emotion.
n.
Something, such as a dense cloud of smoke or dust, that smothers or tends to smother.

[Middle English smotheren, from smorther, dense smoke; see smolder.]

smother

(ˈsmʌðə)
vb
1. to suffocate or stifle by cutting off or being cut off from the air
2. (tr) to surround (with) or envelop (in): he smothered her with love.
3. (tr) to extinguish (a fire) by covering so as to cut it off from the air
4. to be or cause to be suppressed or stifled: smother a giggle.
5. (Cookery) (tr) to cook or serve (food) thickly covered with sauce, etc
n
6. anything, such as a cloud of smoke, that stifles
7. a profusion or turmoil
8. archaic a state of smouldering or a smouldering fire
[Old English smorian to suffocate; related to Middle Low German smōren]
ˈsmothery adj

smoth•er

(ˈsmʌð ər)

v.t.
1. to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing.
2. to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air.
3. to cover closely or thickly; envelop: to smother a steak with mushrooms.
4. to suppress or repress: to smother one's grief.
5. to cook (food) slowly in a tightly covered pan with little liquid: smothered onions.
v.i.
6. to become stifled or suffocated; be prevented from breathing freely.
7. to be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.
n.
8. dense, stifling smoke.
9. a smoking or smoldering state, as of burning matter.
10. dust, fog, etc., in a dense or enveloping cloud.
11. an overspreading profusion of anything: a smother of papers.
[1125–75; Middle English smorther dense smoke; akin to Old English smorian to suffocate]

smother


Past participle: smothered
Gerund: smothering

Imperative
smother
smother
Present
I smother
you smother
he/she/it smothers
we smother
you smother
they smother
Preterite
I smothered
you smothered
he/she/it smothered
we smothered
you smothered
they smothered
Present Continuous
I am smothering
you are smothering
he/she/it is smothering
we are smothering
you are smothering
they are smothering
Present Perfect
I have smothered
you have smothered
he/she/it has smothered
we have smothered
you have smothered
they have smothered
Past Continuous
I was smothering
you were smothering
he/she/it was smothering
we were smothering
you were smothering
they were smothering
Past Perfect
I had smothered
you had smothered
he/she/it had smothered
we had smothered
you had smothered
they had smothered
Future
I will smother
you will smother
he/she/it will smother
we will smother
you will smother
they will smother
Future Perfect
I will have smothered
you will have smothered
he/she/it will have smothered
we will have smothered
you will have smothered
they will have smothered
Future Continuous
I will be smothering
you will be smothering
he/she/it will be smothering
we will be smothering
you will be smothering
they will be smothering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been smothering
you have been smothering
he/she/it has been smothering
we have been smothering
you have been smothering
they have been smothering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been smothering
you will have been smothering
he/she/it will have been smothering
we will have been smothering
you will have been smothering
they will have been smothering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been smothering
you had been smothering
he/she/it had been smothering
we had been smothering
you had been smothering
they had been smothering
Conditional
I would smother
you would smother
he/she/it would smother
we would smother
you would smother
they would smother
Past Conditional
I would have smothered
you would have smothered
he/she/it would have smothered
we would have smothered
you would have smothered
they would have smothered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smother - a confused multitude of thingssmother - a confused multitude of things  
disorderliness, disorder - a condition in which things are not in their expected places; "the files are in complete disorder"
rummage - a jumble of things to be given away
2.smother - a stifling cloud of smoke
fume, smoke - a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
Verb1.smother - envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
2.smother - deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathingsmother - deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
3.smother - 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"
4.smother - form an impenetrable cover over; "the butter cream smothered the cake"
spread over, cover - form a cover over; "The grass covered the grave"
5.smother - deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; "smother fires"
extinguish, snuff out - put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"

smother

verb
1. extinguish, put out, stifle, snuff They tried to smother the flames.
2. suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle He had attempted to smother his sixteen-week-old son.
3. suppress, stifle, repress, hide, conceal, muffle, keep back She tried to smother her feelings of panic.
4. overwhelm, cover, shower, surround, heap, shroud, inundate, envelop, cocoon He smothered her with kisses.
5. suppress, hold in, restrain, hold back, stifle, repress, muffle, bottle up, keep in check trying to smother our giggles
6. smear, cover, spread Luckily, it wasn't smothered in creamy sauce.

smother

verb
1. To stop the breathing of:
2. To hold (something requiring an outlet) in check:
Informal: sit on (or upon).
Translations
يُخْمِديَخْنُق، يَخْتَنِقيَغْمُر
pokrýtudusituhasit
kvæleovervælde
kyteätukahduttaatukahtuatukehduttaatukehtua
kæfaòekja
dustigesinti
apbērtapdzēstnoslāpētnoslāptnosmacēt
prekritizadušiti

smother

[ˈsmʌðəʳ]
A. VT
1. (= stifle) [+ person] → ahogar, asfixiar; [+ fire] → apagar; [+ yawn, sob, laughter] → contener
2. (= cover) → cubrir
fruit smothered in creamfruta f cubierta de crema
a book smothered in dustun libro cubierto de polvo
the child was smothered in dirtel niño estaba todo sucio
they smothered him with kissesle colmaron or abrumaron de besos
B. VI (= asphyxiate) → asfixiarse, ahogarse

smother

[ˈsmʌðər] vt
(= suffocate) [+ person] → étouffer
(= put out) [+ flames, fire] → étouffer
(= repress) [+ feelings] → réprimer

smother

vt
(= stifle) person, fire, weedsersticken; (fig) criticism, yawn, laughterunterdrücken; to smother somebody with affectionjdn mit seiner Liebe erdrücken
(= cover)bedecken, überschütten; fruit smothered in creamObst, das in Sahne schwimmt; smothered in dustvöllig eingestaubt; she smothered his face in kissessie bedeckte sein Gesicht mit Küssen, sie erstickte ihn fast mit ihren Küssen
viersticken

smother

[ˈsmʌðəʳ] vt
a. (stifle) → soffocare
b. (cover) → ricoprire
to smother sb with kisses → ricoprire qn di baci
fruit smothered in cream → frutta ricoperta di panna

smother

(ˈsmaðə) verb
1. to kill or die from lack of air, caused especially by a thick covering over the mouth and nose; to suffocate. He smothered his victim by holding a pillow over her face.
2. to prevent (a fire) from burning by covering it thickly. He threw sand on the fire to smother it.
3. to cover (too) thickly; to overwhelm. When he got home his children smothered him with kisses.

smother

vt, vi asfixiar(se) (form), ahogar( se)
References in classic literature ?
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion, by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in smother.
A whitecap foamed above it and broke across in a snow-white smother.
In a third place a crowd of bees, crushing one another, attack some victim and fight and smother it, and the victim, enfeebled or killed, drops from above slowly and lightly as a feather, among the heap of corpses.
And now, Ishmael," resumed his conquering wife, "in order to keep a quiet family and to smother all heart-burnings between us, show yonder Red-skin and his daughter," pointing to the aged Le Balafre and the widowed Tachechana, "the way to their village, and let us say to them --God bless you, and farewell, in the same breath
Come, Beauty, on with your bridle, my boy, we'll soon be out of this smother.
But he claims he didn't smother Tomlin and left him bound but alive and talking.
In a macabre twist, the court heard Davidson has a previous conviction for trying to smother her neighbour's dog.
According to the ABC Medianet preview of the episode, Ruby would very much like to smother Bow.
A TEENAGER standing trial for the murder of her mum tried to smother her just days before her body was found, a court heard.
Unless we do, I get the distinct impression they might completely smother the cottage, although when I work inside on hot days they create a very pleasant green shade.
WOULD you smother snail goo over your face to look more beautiful?
Franziska Hansen, 33, is reportedly charged with "attempted murder with a weapon" after her lawyer boyfriend claimed she tried to smother him while pretending it was a sex game, the Mirror reported.