1 [muhf-uhl]
verb (used with object), muffled, muffling.
to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums.
to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., especially to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often followed by up ): Muffle up the children before they go out.
to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering: muffled in silk.
to alter temporarily the profile of (a plaster mold) in order to run a base coat of plaster that will later be covered by a finish coat having the true profile.
something that muffles.
muffled sound.
an oven or arched chamber in a furnace or kiln, used for heating substances without direct contact with the fire.

1400–50; late Middle English mufeln, perhaps aphetic form of Anglo-French *amoufler, for Old French enmoufler to wrap up, muffle, derivative of moufle mitten (see en-1, muff); (def 8) directly < French moufle literally, mitten Unabridged


2 [muhf-uhl]
the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.

1595–1605; < Middle French mufle muzzle, snout, probably blend of moufle chubby face (obscurely akin to German Muffel snout) and museau snout, muzzle Unabridged
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muffle1 (ˈmʌfəl)
1.  (often foll by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
2.  to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
3.  to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
4.  something that muffles
5.  a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
[C15: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up]

muffle2 (ˈmʌfəl)
the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
[C17: from French mufle, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

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. enmoufle "wrapped up"); see muff (n.). Meaning "wrap something up to deaden sound" first recorded 1761. Related: Muffled; muffling.
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Example sentences
He turned from side to side and tried to muffle his ears with the pillow.
In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle
  their design.
Muffle any peripheral truck noise, as needed, with the blankets.
Enormous, well-padded ear cups can muffle critical sounds, regardless of
  whether the noise-canceling feature is activated.
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