Synonyms of smothering


1. smother, surround, cover

usage: envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy"

2. smother, asphyxiate, suffocate, kill

usage: deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

3. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress, suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb

usage: conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

4. smother, cover, spread over

usage: form an impenetrable cover over; "the butter cream smothered the cake"

5. smother, put out, snuff out, extinguish

usage: deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; "smother fires"


1. smothering, suffocating, suffocative, breathless (vs. breathing), dyspneic, dyspnoeic, dyspneal, dyspnoeal

usage: causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless"

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