WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
smoth•er /ˈsmʌðɚ/USA pronunciation
- to suffocate, as by smoke or lack of air: [~ + object]He was smothered by the smoke.[no object]He'll smother under those blankets.
- [~ + object] to extinguish or deaden (fire, etc.) by covering:to smother the fire with blankets.
- [~ + object] to cover closely or thickly:to smother a steak with mushrooms.
- [~ + object] to hold back; suppress or repress:to smother one's grief.
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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