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. influenced, influence by Old Norse stīfla, 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
- stifler noun
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