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[muhf-uh l] /ˈmʌf əl/
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.
Origin of muffle1
late Middle English
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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Examples from the web for muffled
  • 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.
  • muffled laughter and swearing from the pirate ship echoed across the water.
  • There are a few here, but they are rather muffled compared to some sites.
  • Rock these where it doesn't matter if the external din is muffled to a whisper.
  • Once up and running, call quality was impressive for domestic connections but sounded slightly muffled on overseas calls.
  • Clamorous public events and private individual actions, equally, are muffled by memory.
  • The sound is muffled by wall-to-wall carpet tiles and fabric-lined cubicles.
British Dictionary definitions for muffled


verb (transitive)
(often foll by up) to wrap up (the head) in a scarf, cloak, etc, esp for warmth
to deaden (a sound or noise), esp by wrapping
to prevent (the expression of something) by (someone)
something that muffles
a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc, at a low temperature
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French; compare Old French moufle mitten, emmouflé wrapped up


the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents
Word Origin
C17: from French mufle, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for muffled



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.).

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