- The definition of a muffle is a kiln or furnace that keeps items put inside protected from direct flames.
An example of a muffle is the device a potter would use to fire their clay bowls.
- Muffle is defined as to wrap or cover for protection, to keep warm or make quiet.
- An example of muffle is wrapping a citrus tree in a blanket to protect it from frost.
- An example of muffle is putting your hand over someone's mouth to keep them quiet.
- to wrap up in a shawl, blanket, cloak, etc. so as to hide, keep warm, or protect
- Now Rare to keep (a person) from seeing or speaking by wrapping up the head
- to wrap or cover in order to deaden or prevent sound
- to deaden (a sound), as by wrapping
- to prevent the expression of; stifle
Origin: Middle English muflen, probably akin to Old French enmouflé, muffled from moufle, a mitten: see muff
- Now Rare a wrap, covering, etc. used for muffling
- an oven in which pottery, etc. can be fired without being exposed directly to the flame
- the fleshy bare part of the upper lip and nose of certain mammals, as ruminants or rabbits
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transitive verb muf·fled, muf·fling, muf·fles
- To wrap up, as in a blanket or shawl, for warmth, protection, or secrecy.
- a. To wrap or pad in order to deaden the sound: muffled the drums.b. To deaden (a sound): The sand muffled the hoofbeats.
- To make vague or obscure: “His message was so muffled by learning and ‘artiness’” (Walter Blair).
- To repress; stifle.
- Something that muffles.
- A kiln or part of a kiln in which pottery can be fired without being exposed to direct flame.
Origin: Middle English muflen, possibly from Old French mofler, to stuff, from mofle, glove; see muff2.
Origin: French mufle, perhaps blend of moufle, chubby face (from Old French; see muff2) and museau, muzzle (from Old French musel; see muzzle).