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[muhf-ler] /ˈmʌf lər/
a scarf worn around one's neck for warmth.
any of various devices for deadening sound, as the sound of escaping gases of an internal-combustion engine.
anything used for muffling sound.
Armor. a mittenlike glove worn with a mail hauberk.
Origin of muffler
1525-35; muffle1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It shook the cab as it resumed its revolving with a sputter and a cough in the muffler.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
  • She pressed him to wear a muffler about his neck, but he declined that also.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • But can't you patch it up, or go on without a muffler, so we can get back home?

    Tom Swift and his Air Scout Victor Appleton
  • He also turned on a little more gasolene and opened the muffler.

  • I doubt if the muffler of an auto would cut down the sound of an aero engine to any appreciable extent.

    Tom Swift and his Air Scout Victor Appleton
  • The dampness was affecting him, and he wrapped his muffler more closely about his neck.

  • As soon as he saw me, he turned down the brim of his soft hat and drew the two ends of a muffler over his face.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • Robert began to take after Marie, with muffler open and all the gas on.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • He had a muffler round his neck, and was wearing a peasant's cloak of a dark colour.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Mr. Walkingshaw had removed his muffler and was hanging up his coat.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for muffler


a thick scarf, collar, etc
(US & Canadian) any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) silencer
something that muffles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for muffler

1530s as a kind of wrap for the throat, agent noun from muffle (v.); as an automobile exhaust system silencer, it is attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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