- Inflections of 'muffle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
muf•fle1 /ˈmʌfəl/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -fled, -fling. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to wrap with something to deaden sound:to muffle drums.
- to deaden (sound) by or as if by wrappings:His voice was muffled over the phone.
- to wrap or cover in a shawl, etc., esp. to keep warm or protect the face and neck:muffled in a scarf and heavy coat.
v., -fled, -fling, n. v.t.
- to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound:to muffle drums.
- to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
- to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often fol. by up):Muffle up the children before they go out.
- to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering:muffled in silk.
- to alter temporarily the profile of (a plaster mold) in order to run a base coat of plaster that will later be covered by a finish coat having the true profile.
- something that muffles.
- muffled sound.
- an oven or arched chamber in a furnace or kiln, used for heating substances without direct contact with the fire.
(muf′əl),USA pronunciation n.
- French moufle literally, mitten
- 1400–50; late Middle English mufeln, perh. aphetic form of Anglo-French *amoufler, for Old French enmoufler to wrap up, muffle, derivative of moufle mitten (see en-1, muff); (def. 8) directly
- the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
- Middle French mufle muzzle, snout, probably blend of, blended moufle chubby face (obscurely akin to German Muffel snout) and museau snout, muzzle
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muffle /ˈmʌfəl/ vb (transitive)
- (often followed by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
- to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
- to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
Etymology: 15th Century: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up
- something that muffles
- a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
muffle /ˈmʌfəl/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from French mufle, of unknown origin
- the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
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