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sti·fle 1

tr.v. sti·fled, sti·fling, sti·fles
1. To interrupt or cut off (the voice, for example).
2. To keep in or hold back; repress: stifled my indignation.
3. To kill by preventing respiration; smother or suffocate.

[Middle English stifilen, alteration (influenced by Old Norse stīfla, to stop up) of stuffen, stuflen, to stifle, choke, drown, from Old French estoufer, of Germanic origin.]

sti′fler n.

sti·fle 2

The joint of the hind leg analogous to the human knee in certain quadrupeds, such as the horse.

[Middle English, possibly from Old French estivel, pipe, leg, tibia, from Latin stīpes, stick.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stifled - held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter"
inhibited - held back or restrained or prevented; "in certain conditions previously inhibited conditioned reactions can reappear"


[ˈstaɪfld] adjsoffocato/a