Variant of stifle
- 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: altered (prob. infl. by ON stīfla, to stop up: for IE base see stiff) < ME stuflen, freq. formation < MFr estouffer, to smother < VL *stuppare, to stuff up (see stop), infl. by *extufare, to quench, smother, steam, stew
- to die from lack of air
- to suffer from lack of fresh, cool air
- stifler noun
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