Definition of muffle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌf(ə)l/


[with object]
1Wrap or cover for warmth: everyone was muffled up in coats and scarves
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  • And so they came in Christmas, muffled up in furs and with mountains of luggage, and were pleasantly surprised.
  • Partridge, however, does not recognize them, muffled up as they are at this time of night.
  • They emerged from the darkness so muffled against the cold it was hard to tell if they were children or old, bent women.
wrap, wrap up, swathe, swaddle, enfold, envelop, cloak, cover up
2Cover or wrap up (a source of sound) to reduce its loudness: (as adjective muffled) the soft beat of a muffled drum
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  • At once, his body pressed me so hard into the seat that I couldn't move, his hands pinned my own down, and his lips covered mine, muffling me.
  • She mouths to me, muffling the handset with her hand.
  • That they were on muffled phone lines didn't help as Dunphy only twice became animated during his two-hour stint and that was when he had guests in the studio.
2.1Make (a sound) quieter or less distinct: his voice was muffled figurative the trade unions fear their voice within the party is being muffled
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  • Fear becomes for her parents the permanent and muffled undertone of their life.
  • Apart from elaborating the ongoing judicial usurpation on these issues, the conservative voice seems to have become muffled.
  • Occasionally they would hear one of their loud, hooting cries echoing across the plain, muffled and distorted through the mist.
deaden, dull, dampen, damp down, mute, soften, quieten, hush, silence, still, tone down, mask, stifle, smother, subdue, suppress, gag, muzzle


[usually as modifier]
A receptacle in a furnace or kiln in which things can be heated without contact with combustion products: a muffle furnace
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  • Samples were heated to 450 deg C in a muffle furnace overnight.
  • Ash content was determined by combustion for 6 h at 500 deg C in a muffle furnace.
  • However, in this case organic C was removed from the sand by muffle furnace, following an initial wash to remove particulate material.


Late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a shortening of Old French enmoufler; the noun (mid 17th century) from Old French moufle 'thick glove'.

Words that rhyme with muffle

duffel, kerfuffle, ruffle, scuffle, shuffle, snuffle, truffle

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