smother

To smother is to overwhelm or suffocate. If you've ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend who calls you twenty five times an hour to check up on you, then you know what it means to be smothered by someone.

The word smother literally means to deprive of oxygen, so it can be used to refer to someone who gets suffocated by a pillow. In everyday conversation, the word is often used to refer to the act of making someone feel like they’re being deprived of oxygen or personal space. If you have a mother who likes to smother you by asking where you're going every time you see her, then it's likely you’re already dreaming of moving out!

Definitions of smother
  1. verb
    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    “Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow”
    synonyms: asphyxiate, suffocate
    asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
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    type of:
    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  2. verb
    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
    smother fires”
    synonyms: put out
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    type of:
    extinguish, snuff out
    put an end to; kill
  3. verb
    conceal or hide
    smother a yawn”
    synonyms: muffle, repress, stifle, strangle
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    type of:
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  4. verb
    form an impenetrable cover over
    “the butter cream smothered the cake”
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  5. verb
    envelop completely
    smother the meat in gravy”
    synonyms: surround
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    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  6. noun
    a stifling cloud of smoke
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    type of:
    fume, smoke
    a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
  7. noun
    a confused multitude of things
    synonyms: clutter, fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, welter
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    types:
    rummage
    a jumble of things to be given away
    type of:
    disorder, disorderliness
    a condition in which things are not in their expected places
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