The definition of smother is to suffocate someone by covering their nose and mouth to cut off air, to cover something entirely, or to making someone feel trapped and overwhelmed by attention and affection.verb
- An example of smother is when you cover someone's face with a pillow and prevent them from breathing until they die.
- An example of smother is when you cover your ice cream entirely with hot fudge.
- An example of smother is when you call your boyfriend every 15 minutes, show up unannounced at his house all the time and constantly send him little gifts.
- to keep from getting enough air to breathe; stifle
- to kill in this way; suffocate
- to cover (a fire), excluding air from it and causing it to smolder or die down
- to cover over thickly: liver smothered in onions
- to hide or suppress by or as by covering; stifle: to smother a yawn
Origin: ME smorthren < smorther, dense smoke < base of OE smorian, to suffocate, akin to MLowG smoren, to smoke < var. of IE base *smel- > smell
- to be kept from getting enough air to breathe
- to die in this way; be suffocated
- to be hidden, stifled, or suppressed
- dense, suffocating smoke or any thick cloud of dust, steam, fog, etc.
- a confused turmoil; welter
- Archaic a smoldering fire
- Archaic a smoldering state or condition
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verb smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers verb, transitive
- a. To suffocate (another).b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
- To conceal, suppress, or hide: Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward.
- To cover thickly: smother chicken in sauce.
- To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone): The grandparents smothered the child with affection.
- a. To suffocate.b. To be extinguished.
- To be concealed or suppressed.
- To be surfeited with an emotion.
Origin: Middle English smotheren, from smorther, dense smoke; see smolder.