- 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.
transitive verbmuffled, muffling
- 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 of muffleMiddle 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
transitive verbmuf·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 of muffleMiddle English muflen, possibly from Old French mofler, to stuff, from mofle, glove; see muff2.
Origin of muffleFrench mufle, perhaps blend of moufle, chubby face (from Old French; see muff2) and museau, muzzle (from Old French musel; see muzzle).
(third-person singular simple present muffles, present participle muffling, simple past and past participle muffled)
- To wrap (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection; often with up.
- To wrap up or cover (a source of noise) in order to deaden the sound.
- to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock
- To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).
- (intransitive, dated) To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
- (dated) To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
Middle English muflen "to muffle", aphetic alteration of Anglo-Norman amoufler, from Old French enmoufler (â€œto wrap up, muffleâ€), from moufle (â€œmittenâ€), from Medieval Latin muffula (â€œa muffâ€), of Germanic origin (â€”first recorded in the Capitulary of Aachen in 817 CE), from Frankish *muffÃ«l "a muff, wrap, envelope" from *muff- "sleeve, wrap" (from Proto-Germanic *mawwÅ (â€œsleeveâ€)) + *vÃ«l "skin, hide" (from Proto-Germanic *fellÄ… (â€œskin, film, fleeceâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(e)(w)-, *plÄ“(w)- (â€œskin, hideâ€)). Akin to Middle High German mouwe, mÅwe (â€œsleeveâ€) (German Muff "muff", Dutch mouw "sleeve"). Alternate etymology traces the Medieval Latin word to Frankish *molfell (â€œsoft garment made of hideâ€) from *mol (â€œsoftened, forwornâ€) (akin to Old High German molawÄ“n "to soften", Middle High German molwic "soft") + *fell (â€œhide, skinâ€). Akin to Old High German fel (â€œfell, skin, hideâ€), Old English fell (â€œfell, skin, hideâ€). More at mulch, fell, camouflage.