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Adjective: stifling  stI-f(u-)ling
  1. Characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    "the stifling atmosphere";
    - sultry, sulfurous [N. Amer], sulphurous [Brit, Cdn], sulphureous [Brit]
Noun: stifling  stI-f(u-)ling
  1. Forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
    "the stifling of all dissent";
    - suppression, crushing, quelling
Verb: stifle  stI-ful
  1. Suppress in order to conceal or hide
    "stifle a yawn";
    - smother, strangle, muffle, repress
  2. Suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity
    "Stifle your curiosity";
    - dampen
  3. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    "The foul air was slowly stifling the children";
    - suffocate, asphyxiate, choke
  4. Be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    "The child stifled under the pillow";
    - suffocate, asphyxiate

Derived forms: stiflings

See also: hot

Type of: bar, block, bottle up, buy the farm [N. Amer, informal], cash in one's chips [informal], choke, close up, conk [informal], croak [informal], decease [archaic], die, drop dead, exit, expire, flatline [informal], give-up the ghost [informal], go, impede, inhibit, jam, kick the bucket [informal], obstruct, obturate, occlude, pass, pass away, perish, pop off [informal], pop one's clogs [informal], prevention, snuff it [informal], suppress

Antonym: stimulate

Encyclopedia: Stifle