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
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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
The recourse is to get a new board, but that is why they have muffled the paper.
The muffled explosion's compression reverberates in my ribs.
Approaching the building a muffled thwack-thwack-thwack mechanical sound
  created by power looms can be heard.
About three weeks before each big tournament he would enter a bubble of
  concentration that muffled even the crowd's applause.
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