The White House does a good job of muffling presidential deliberations.
Each time one of these battles is lost, the muffling silence creeps closer.
I cupped my searing left cheek in my hand as I sobbed, muffling my mouth with the other so not to wake my daughter.
early 15c., "to cover or wrap (something) to conceal or protect," perhaps from Middle French mofler "to stuff," from Old French moufle "thick glove, muff" (cf. Old French enmoufle "wrapped up"); see muff (n.). Meaning "wrap something up to deaden sound" first recorded 1761. Related: Muffled; muffling.
"thing that muffles," 1560s, from muffle (v.).