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Meaning & Definition of Stifle in English

English

Stifle

/staɪfəl/

noun

1. Joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped

  • Corresponds to the human knee
    synonym:
  • stifle
  • ,
  • knee

verb

1. Conceal or hide

  • "Smother a yawn"
  • "Muffle one's anger"
  • "Strangle a yawn"
    synonym:
  • smother
  • ,
  • stifle
  • ,
  • strangle
  • ,
  • muffle
  • ,
  • repress

2. Smother or suppress

  • "Stifle your curiosity"
    synonym:
  • stifle
  • ,
  • dampen

3. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

  • "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • stifle
  • ,
  • asphyxiate
  • ,
  • choke

4. Be asphyxiated

  • Die from lack of oxygen
  • "The child suffocated under the pillow"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • stifle
  • ,
  • asphyxiate