- 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.
Variant of stifle
transitive verbstifled, stifling
- 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 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