muffled

A muffled sound is quiet or muted. You might hear the muffled sound of your neighbors laughing through the wall of your apartment.

If you don't want your brother to hear you cry after you finish a sad book, you might put your covers over your head, so all he'll hear is muffled sobs. And if your math class is giggling at your teacher's strange outfit, your hands over your mouths will produce muffled laughter. Muffled comes from muffle, "to cover," which probably stems from the Middle French mofler, "to stuff," and the Old French moufle, "muff or glove."

Primary Meanings of muffled

1.
adj
being or made softer or less loud or clear
2.
adj
wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy
Full Definitions of muffled
1

adj being or made softer or less loud or clear

muffled drums”
“the muffled noises of the street”
Synonyms:
dull, muted, softened
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume
2

adj wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy

“children muffled almost to the eyebrows”
Synonyms:
covered
overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form

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