WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
smoth•er /ˈsmʌðɚ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- to suffocate, as by smoke or lack of air: [~ + object]He was smothered by the smoke.[no object]He'll smother under those blankets.
- to extinguish or deaden (fire, etc.) by covering[~ + object]to smother the fire with blankets.
- to cover closely or thickly[~ + object]to smother a steak with mushrooms.
- to hold back; suppress or repress[~ + object]to smother one's grief.
- to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing.
- to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air.
- to cover closely or thickly;
envelop:to smother a steak with mushrooms.
- to suppress or repress:to smother feelings.
- [Cookery.]to steam (food) slowly in a heavy, tightly closed vessel with a minimum of liquid:smothered chicken and onions.
- to become stifled or suffocated; be prevented from breathing.
- to be stifled;
be suppressed or concealed.
- dense, stifling smoke.
- a smoking or smoldering state, as of burning matter.
- dust, fog, spray, etc., in a dense or enveloping cloud.
- an overspreading profusion of anything:a smother of papers.
(noun, nominal) Middle English smorther dense smoke;
akin to Old English smorian to suffocate;
(verb, verbal) Middle English smo(r)theren, derivative of the noun, nominal
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
smother /ˈsmʌðə/ vb
- to suffocate or stifle by cutting off or being cut off from the air
- (transitive) to surround (with) or envelop (in): he smothered her with love
- (transitive) to extinguish (a fire) by covering so as to cut it off from the air
- to be or cause to be suppressed or stifled: smother a giggle
- (transitive) to cook or serve (food) thickly covered with sauce, etc
Etymology: Old English smorian to suffocate; related to Middle Low German smōrenˈsmothery adj
- anything, such as a cloud of smoke, that stifles
- a profusion or turmoil
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