Dictionary Results for smothering


1. smother - verb

· envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy"

Synonym(s): surround

Hypernym(s): cover




2. smother - verb

· deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

Synonym(s): asphyxiate, suffocate

Hypernym(s): kill




3. smother - verb

· suppress in order to conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a laugh"; "repress a cry of fear"

Synonym(s): stifle, strangle, muffle, repress

Hypernym(s): inhibit, bottle_up, suppress




4. smother - verb

· form an impenetrable cover over; "the butter cream smothered the cake"

Hypernym(s): cover, spread_over




5. smother - verb

· deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; "smother fires"

Synonym(s): put_out

Hypernym(s): snuff_out, extinguish




6. smothering - adjective

· causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless"

Synonym(s): suffocating, suffocative





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