- The definition of stifling is very uncomfortable or suffocating.
An example of something stifling is an outdoor temperature of 110 degrees.
stifling definition by Webster's New World
- stiflingly adverb
stifling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Very hot or stuffy almost to the point of being suffocating.
- Being of such a character or nature as to engender a feeling of stultification, repression, or suffocation: “The scholarly correctness of our age can be stifling” (Annalyn Swan).
- stiˈfling·ly adverb
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