The definition of stifling is very uncomfortable or suffocating.
An example of something stifling is an outdoor temperature of 110 degrees.
so close as to be oppressive; suffocating
- 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.