When you tell someone that all of his ideas are stupid, this is an example of a situation where you stifle his creativity.
- to kill by cutting off the supply of air from; suffocate; smother; choke
- to suppress or repress; hold back; check, stop, inhibit, etc.: to stifle a sob, to stifle protests
Origin of stiflealtered (prob. influenced, influence by Old Norse st?fla, to stop up: for Indo-European base see stiff) ; from Middle English stuflen, frequentative formation ; from Middle French estouffer, to smother ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form stuppare, to stuff up (see stop), influenced, influence by an unverified form extufare, to quench, smother, steam, stew
- to die from lack of air
- to suffer from lack of fresh, cool air
Origin of stifleMiddle English
Origin of stifleMiddle English, possibly from Old French estivel, pipe, leg, tibia, from Latin st&imacron;pes, stick.
transitive verbsti·fled, sti·fling, sti·fles
- To interrupt or cut off (the voice, for example).
- To keep in or hold back; repress: stifled my indignation.
- To kill by preventing respiration; smother or suffocate.
Origin of stifleMiddle English stifilen, alteration (influenced by Old Norse st&imacron;fla, to stop up) of stuffen, stuflen, to stifle, choke, drown, from Old French estoufer, of Germanic origin.
(third-person singular simple present stifles, present participle stifling, simple past and past participle stifled)
- To interrupt or cut off.
- To repress, keep in or hold back.
- The army stifled the rebellion.
- To smother or suffocate.
- The heat was stifling the children.
- (intransitive) To feel smothered etc.
- The heat felt stifling.
- (intransitive) To die of suffocation.
- Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.
- To treat a silkworm cocoon with steam as part of the process of silk production.
From Middle English stiflen, from Old Norse stÃfla (“to dam, choke, stop up"), from stÃfla (“dam"), from Proto-Germanic *stÄ«filaz, *stÄ«filÄ… (“prop, pole, support"), from Proto-Indo-European *steip-, *steib- (“stake, picket"). Cognate with Icelandic stÃfla (“to dam up, jam, block"), Norwegian stivla (“to dam up, choke, stop"), Low German stipel (“support wood"), Eastern Frisian stÄ«pe (“stake, support").