Muffle Muf"fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Muffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muffling}.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel a muff. See {Muff}.] 1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up. --South. [1913 Webster]

The face lies muffled up within the garment. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Muffled up in darkness and superstition. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen. [1913 Webster]

3. To wrap or fit with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock; to muffle the exhaust of a motor vehicle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Muffle — Muf fle, n. [F. moufle, prop., a mitten, from the resemblance in shape. See {Muffle}, v. t., {Muff}.] 1. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) An earthenware… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muffle — Muf fle (m[u^]f f l), n. The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; used esp. of ruminants. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muffle — Muf fle, v. i. [Cf. F. maffle, mumble, D. moffelen.] To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muffle — index cloak, disguise, repress, shroud, stifle, subdue, suppress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • muffle — [v] suppress, make quiet conceal, cover, cushion, dampen, deaden, decrease, drown, dull, envelop, gag, hide, hush, mellow, mute, muzzle, put the lid on*, quieten, shut down, silence, sit down on*, smother, soften, softpedal*, squelch, stifle,… …   New thesaurus

  • muffle — ► VERB 1) wrap or cover for warmth. 2) make (a sound) quieter or less distinct by covering its source. ORIGIN from Old French moufle thick glove …   English terms dictionary

  • muffle — [muf′əl] vt. muffled, muffling [ME muflen, prob. akin to OFr enmouflé, muffled < moufle, a mitten: see MUFF] 1. to wrap up in a shawl, blanket, cloak, etc. so as to hide, keep warm, or protect 2. Now Rare to keep (a person) from seeing or… …   English World dictionary

  • muffle — {{11}}muffle (n.) thing that muffles, 1560s, from MUFFLE (Cf. muffle) (v.). {{12}}muffle (v.) early 15c., to cover or wrap (something) to conceal or protect, perhaps from M.Fr. mofler to stuff, from O.Fr. moufle thick glove, muff (Cf. O.Fr.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • muffle — /ˈmʌfəl / (say mufuhl) verb (t) (muffled, muffling) 1. Also, muffle up. to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, scarf, or the like disposed about the person, especially about the face and neck. 2. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound:… …  

  • muffle — muffle1 /muf euhl/, v., muffled, muffling, n. v.t. 1. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums. 2. to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means. 3. to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or… …   Universalium

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