The definition of stifling is very uncomfortable or suffocating.
An example of something stifling is an outdoor temperature of 110 degrees.
- Very hot or stuffy: The air was stifling in the closed room.
- Inhibiting, stultifying, or oppressive: “The scholarly correctness of our age can be stifling” ( Annalyn Swan )
(comparative more stifling, superlative most stifling)
- That stifles.
- The heat was stifling; it seemed hard to breathe and the exertion rolling over on the bed seemed too much.
- Present participle of stifle.
- They had to break this stifling relationship off before it smothered all reason from them.
- Those ahead of him grew more restless with the passing time, eerie quiet, and stifling heat.
- "I'm coming," she replied, stifling a groan as she shrugged out of the sheet to stand.
- To keep one another back, to breathe in that stifling atmosphere, to be unable to stir, and to await something unknown, uncomprehended, and terrible, was becoming unbearable.
- About fifty Europeans and Eurasians, nearly all females, who had been captured in trying to escape from the town on the day of the outbreak, were confined in a stifling chamber of the palace for fifteen days; they were then brought out and massacred in the court-yard.