An example of smother is when you cover someone's face with a pillow and prevent them from breathing until they die.
An example of smother is when you cover your ice cream entirely with hot fudge.
An example of smother is when you call your boyfriend every 15 minutes, show up unannounced at his house all the time and constantly send him little gifts.
Smother chicken in sauce.
Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward.
Liver smothered in onions.
To smother a yawn.
A child smothered with affection.
The grandparents smothered the child with affection.
Origin of smother
- Middle English smotheren from smorther dense smoke smolder
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English smothren, smortheren, alteration (due to smother, smorther (“a suffocating vapour, dense smoke", noun)) of Middle English smoren (“to smother"), from Old English smorian (“to smother, suffocate, choke"), from Proto-Germanic *smurÅnÄ… (“to suffocate, strangle"). Cognate with Middle Low German smoren, smurten (“to choke, suffocate"), West Flemish smoren (“to smoke, reek"), Dutch smoren (“to suffocate, smother", also "to stew, simmer"), German schmoren (“to stew, simmer, braise").
- From Middle English smother, smorther (“a suffocating vapour, dense smoke"), from Old English *smorÃ¾or (“smoke", literally “that which suffocates"), from smorian (“to suffocate, choke") + -Ã¾or (instrumental suffix).