Definitions of smother

  1. 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"
  2. a confused multitude of things
  3. conceal or hide; " smother a yawn"; " muffle one's anger"; " strangle a yawn"
  4. deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; " smother fires"
  5. form an impenetrable cover over; " the butter cream smothered the cake"
  6. a stifling cloud of smoke
  7. envelop completely; " smother the meat in gravy"
  8. That which smothers or causes a sensation of smothering, as smoke, fog, the foam of the sea, a confused multitude of things.
  9. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.
  10. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire.
  11. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.
  12. To be suffocated or stifled.
  13. To burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder.
  14. Stifling smoke; thick dust.
  15. A state of suppression.
  16. To destroy the life of by depriving of air; stifle; suppress or conceal; as, to smother one's anger.
  17. To be suffocated or deprived of air.
  18. Stifling smoke or thick dust.
  19. To suffocate by excluding the air: to conceal.
  20. To be suffocated or suppressed: to smoulder.
  21. Smoke: thick floating dust.
  22. A smoke; thick dust.
  23. To be stified.
  24. To suffocate.
  25. To suffocate; stifle.
  26. That which smothers; a smothered condition.
  27. Smoke; thick dust.
  28. To suffocate; to stifle; to suppress.
  29. To be suffocated; to smoke without vent.
  30. To extinguish life by causing smoke or dust to enter th lungs, or by depriving the lungs of air; to extinguish fire by excluding air; to suffocate; to choke; to be suffocated; to be suppressed or concealed.
  31. That which suffocates; smoke; thick dust.

Usage examples for smother

  1. When I got to cutting up he'd try to smother it, and stop me by saying: 'Don't! – Black Jack by Max Brand
  2. There was a certain amount left, as she soon discovered; enough to smother her. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  3. Thy face shine at divan Thy sabre smother in duels! – An Anthology of Jugoslav Poetry; Serbian Lyrics by Various
  4. It was necessary that an opening be made quickly or he would smother, and this he set about to do with all his might. – Bobby of the Labrador by Dillon Wallace
  5. Certain death to bring 'em through that smother- that stuff'd knock the brains out of 'em fast as they dropped into it. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  6. The mystery which had lain so long at their horizon, which but now had crept in, threatening to smother them, rolled back to its accustomed place. – The Silent Places by Steward Edward White
  7. " But you'll smother him," observed Newton. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  8. Just as she would suddenly smother Mrs. Dainopoulos with impulsive caresses, so she cheered a lot of stolid soldiers who were nothing to her and in whose sentiments she had no share. – Command by William McFee
  9. The cabin was stifling, and he felt that he would smother if he stayed there any longer. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  10. Had her moment come when she could force him to smother his scorn and wait at her door for bounty? – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  11. And if it did, I'd sooner smother myself than live with the wretched harpy. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  12. But the excitement consequent on the unexpected recovery of the diamond ring, and the still more unexpected accession of wealth consequent thereon, had induced her to smother her dislike to railways for a time, and avail herself of their services in order to run down to a town about twenty miles off for the purpose of telling the good news to Netta, who chanced to be on a short visit to a friend there at the time. – The Iron Horse by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. The rest want to smother it with kisses. – King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays by Floyd Dell
  14. He choked with the sheer smother of his passion. – Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course by W. B. M. Ferguson
  15. Now by the Blood, and the Cross, if you smother not your titles, and let me range free, I tell you the thing I will do:- I will send back a complaint against you to Seville- and to make sure that it goes, no hand shall carry it but your own. – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  16. And I invented that scheme of finding tunes which the crowd didn't know, and so couldn't break in on and smother. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  17. Almagro, since his arrival at Caxamalca, had seemed willing to smother his ancient feelings of resentment towards his associate, or, at least, to conceal the expression of them, and had consented to take command under him in obedience to the royal mandate. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling
  18. It was just as though someone had laughed and then tried to smother the laugh with a cough. – Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood
  19. And then Tom smelled a strange odor- an odor of a choking gas that seemed to smother him. – Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures by Victor Appleton
  20. This is the braver path: time soone can smother The dear- bought spoils and tropheis of the other. – Lucasta by Richard Lovelace