Stifle Definition

stīfəl
stifled, stifles, stifling
verb
stifled, stifles, stifling
To interrupt or cut off (the voice, for example).
American Heritage
To die from lack of air.
Webster's New World
To suffer from lack of fresh, cool air.
Webster's New World
To suppress or repress; hold back; check, stop, inhibit, etc.
To stifle a sob, to stifle protests.
Webster's New World
To kill by cutting off the supply of air from; suffocate; smother; choke.
Webster's New World
Advertisement
noun
stifles
The kneelike joint above the hock in the hind leg of a horse, dog, etc.
Webster's New World

(veterinary medicine) A bone disease of this region.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:

Other Word Forms of Stifle

Noun

Singular:
stifle
Plural:
stifles

Origin of Stifle

  • From Middle English stiflen, from Old Norse stífla (“to dam, choke, stop up"), from stífla (“dam"), from Proto-Germanic *stÄ«filaz, *stÄ«filÄ… (“prop, pole, support"), from Proto-Indo-European *steip-, *steib- (“stake, picket"). Cognate with Icelandic stífla (“to dam up, jam, block"), Norwegian stivla (“to dam up, choke, stop"), Low German stipel (“support wood"), Eastern Frisian stÄ«pe (“stake, support").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English stifilen alteration (influenced by Old Norse stīfla to stop up) of stuffen, stuflen to stifle, choke, drown from Old French estoufer of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English possibly from Old French estivel pipe, leg, tibia from Latin stīpes stick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to stifle using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

stifle