Adjective "Smothered" definition and examples

(Smothered may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsmʌðə/

Definitions and examples

verb

Kill (someone) by covering their nose and mouth so that they suffocate.
  1. 'He told the trial at Reading Crown Court he could find ‘no clear evidence’ to suggest that any of Patel's three babies had been smothered or deliberately suffocated.'
  2. 'Without even asking Desdemona if it is true or not, Othello kills her by smothering her.'
  3. 'I put my hand over her mouth, not hard enough to smother her, but firmly enough to give her the message not to speak.'
  4. 'Still I was surrounded by women and smothered with affection.'
  5. 'She fell for me fairly quickly, and frankly, for the first two months of our relationship, she was the pursuer and I often complained that I felt smothered and overwhelmed by her.'
  6. 'Darnell's sultriness is smothering and disturbing, elemental in the manner of King Vidor heroines.'
Extinguish (a fire) by covering it.
  1. 'The pilots took it up to 1000-ft or so and released the fire retardant that smothered the fire and left only smoke trailing out.'
  2. 'There had been attempts to smother the fire, but it had caused it to only burn stronger than before.'
  3. 'But once we got some foam to cover the bulk of the fire and smother the flames we were able to bring it under control much quicker.'
  4. 'Jolted out of my hard-earned sleep, I sat back on the bench and smothered a yawn, hoping that Madam wouldn't see.'
  5. '‘the state can sometimes become part of the problem, by smothering the enthusiasm of its citizens’.'
  6. 'I had realized he was special then, but I smothered the feeling.'
  7. 'He tries to walk the ball into the net in typical Portuguese fashion and Dudek gets down well to smother the ball at his feet.'
  8. 'O'Flynn was in again after 18 minutes, but this time Walshe was able to smother his shot at the edge of the penalty area, but it was so close that Bray manager Pat Devlin reacted immediately.'
  9. 'The first half passed with few chances for either side, although Martin Taylor in the Wycombe goal distinguished himself by twice dashing out to smother the ball at Owen's feet.'
Cover someone or something entirely with.
  1. 'This verse was particularly grim: ‘You are my true love, I want to smother your face with kisses.’'
  2. 'David lowered his mouth onto Trixie's, then smothered her entire face with kisses.'
  3. 'Stallman believed that when commercial companies smother their software with patents and copyrights, everybody loses.'
  4. 'The most popular theory is that a cloud of dust smothered the earth in a thick haze that would have blocked out the sun.'
  5. 'In July, crews fighting a blaze in a three-acre manure lagoon at a dairy farm in Washington smothered the flames with more of the same - a blanket of wet cow manure.'
  6. 'smothered fried chicken'

noun

A mass of something that stifles or obscures.
  1. 'The next morning the sun finally drilled a tunnel through the smother of clouds that squatted on the plain so low I stooped when I got into my Bronco.'

More definitions

1. to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing.

2. to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air.

3. to cover closely or thickly; envelop: to smother a steak with mushrooms.

4. to suppress or repress: to smother feelings.

5. Cookery. to steam (food) slowly in a heavy, tightly closed vessel with a minimum of liquid: smothered chicken and onions. verb (used without object)

6. to become stifled

More examples(as adjective)

"foods can be smothered in things."

"trades can be smothered."

"exclamations can be smothered."

"yelps can be smothered."

"wants can be smothered."

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Origin

(smother)Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘stifling smoke’): from the base of Old English smorian ‘suffocate’.