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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.]
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.]
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|Noun||1.||stifler - a person who stifles or smothers or suppresses; "he is a real conversation stifler"; "I see from all the yawn smotherers that it is time to stop"|
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