- 1smother somebody (with something) to kill somebody by covering their face so that they cannot breathe synonym suffocate He smothered the baby with a pillow. to be smothered to death
- 2smother something/somebody with/in something to cover something/somebody thickly or with too much of something a rich dessert smothered in cream She smothered him with kisses. Try our rich orange sorbet smothered in fluffy whipped cream and nuts.
- 3smother something to prevent something from developing or being expressed synonym stifle to smother a yawn/giggle/grin The voices of the opposition were effectively smothered.
- 4smother somebody to give somebody too much love or protection so that they feel restricted Her husband was very loving, but she felt smothered. See related entries: Love
- 5smother something to make a fire stop burning by covering it with something He tried to smother the flames with a blanket. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘stifling smoke’): from the base of Old English smorian ‘suffocate’.
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smother
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðər//he / she / it smothers
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərz//past simple smothered
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərd//past participle smothered
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərd//-ing form smothering
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərɪŋ//Love