Definition of stifling in English:


Syllabification: sti·fling
Pronunciation: /ˈstīf(ə)liNG


  • 1(Of heat, air, or a room) very hot and causing difficulties in breathing; suffocating: stifling heat
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    • Lizzy had to leave the room which had become too stifling.
    • I wanted to ask how she had endured the frustration, the exasperation, the stifling air, the imprisonment.
    • The steady thump of drums beat a deadly rhythm in the stifling heat.
  • 2Making one feel constrained or oppressed: the stifling formality of her family life
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    • The hallmark problem of a monopolist is its stifling effect on innovation.
    • The level of control exercised by the parties was absolutely stifling.
    • Naturally, they can hardly accept Shen's stifling love.



Pronunciation: /-f(ə)liNGlē/
[as submodifier]: a stiflingly hot day
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  • The summers are stiflingly hot and the colony becomes infested with mosquitoes.
  • And even when their conversations veer too far into existential, meaning-of-life territory, the sharp banter between the pair keeps their exchanges from becoming too mannered or stiflingly intellectual.
  • Perhaps that was why I had enjoyed tormenting him the most out of all the boys - because his retorts were so completely opposite from anything I might have heard someone say to me in the stiflingly polite atmosphere of the palace.

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