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Wordnet 3.0


1. held in check with difficulty;
- Example: "a smothered cough"
- Example: "a stifled yawn"
- Example: "a strangled scream"
- Example: "suppressed laughter"
[syn: smothered, stifled, strangled, suppressed]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stifle \Sti"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stifled; p. pr. & vb. n. Stifling.] [Freq. of OE. stif stiff; cf. Icel. st[imac]fla to dam up.] 1. To stop the breath of by crowding something into the windpipe, or introducing an irrespirable substance into the lungs; to choke; to suffocate; to cause the death of by such means; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust. [1913 Webster] Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] I took my leave, being half stifled with the closeness of the room. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame. [1913 Webster] Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which they do not reflect or transmit. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to stifle passion. [1913 Webster] I desire only to have things fairly represented as they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled. --Waterland. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stifled \Sti"fled\, a. Stifling. [1913 Webster] The close and stifled study. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stifled adj 1: held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter" [syn: smothered, stifled, strangled, suppressed]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

87 Moby Thesaurus words for "stifled": arcane, bated, blurred, breathy, cabalistic, censored, choked, choking, classified, close, closed, concealed, croaking, crushed, cryptic, damped, dampened, dark, dead, deadened, drawling, drawly, dull, dulled, dysphonic, enigmatic, esoteric, flat, guttural, harsh, hawking, hermetic, hidden, hoarse, hush-hush, inarticulate, indistinct, latent, lisping, mispronounced, muffled, muted, muzzy, mysterious, nasal, occult, quashed, quavering, quelled, repressed, restricted, secret, shaking, shaky, smashed, smothered, snuffling, softened, sordo, squashed, squelched, strangled, subdued, suffocated, suppressed, thick, throaty, top secret, tremulous, twangy, ulterior, unbreatheable, under security, under wraps, undisclosable, undisclosed, undivulgable, undivulged, unrevealable, unrevealed, unspoken, untellable, untold, unutterable, unuttered, unwhisperable, velar