transitive verb suffocated, suffocating
- to kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc.
- to hinder the free breathing of; deprive of fresh air; stifle; choke
- to smother, suppress, extinguish, etc. by or as by cutting off the supply of air
< L suffocatus, pp. of suffocare, to choke < sub-, sub- + fauces, gullet, throat: see fauces