transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- 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
Origin of suffocatefrom Classical Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare, to choke from sub-, sub- + fauces, gullet, throat: see fauces
- to die by being suffocated
- to be unable to breathe freely; choke; stifle; smother
- to be unable to develop properly as because of a repressive or dulling environment