The gun control argument, which was muffled by the bombing last week, also has gotten a second life.
But doubt not, the muffled eruptions will make international waves soon enough.
No he-said-she-said, no muffled sounds through the dorm ceiling, no “Maybe he has other issues.”
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.).