- 1[usually passive] muzzle something to put a muzzle over a dog’s head to prevent it from biting people Dogs must be kept muzzled.
- 2muzzle somebody/something to prevent somebody from expressing their opinions in public as they want to synonym gag They accused the government of muzzling the press. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French musel, diminutive of medieval Latin musum, of unknown ultimate origin.
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muzzle
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzl//he / she / it muzzles
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzlz//past simple muzzled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzld//past participle muzzled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzld//-ing form muzzling
BrE BrE//ˈmʌzlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzlɪŋ//