verb (used with object)
to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing.
to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air.
to cover closely or thickly; envelop: to smother a steak with mushrooms.
to suppress or repress: to smother feelings.
Cookery. to steam (food) slowly in a heavy, tightly closed vessel with a minimum of liquid: smothered chicken and onions.
verb (used without object)
to become stifled or suffocated; be prevented from breathing.
to be stifled; be suppressed or concealed.
dense, stifling smoke.
a smoking or smoldering state, as of burning matter.
dust, fog, spray, etc., in a dense or enveloping cloud.
an overspreading profusion of anything: a smother of papers.

1125–75; (noun) Middle English smorther dense smoke; akin to Old English smorian to suffocate; (v.) Middle English smo(r)theren, derivative of the noun

smotherable, adjective
half-smothered, adjective
unsmotherable, adjective
unsmothered, adjective
unsmothering, adjective Unabridged
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smother (ˈsmʌðə)
1.  to suffocate or stifle by cutting off or being cut off from the air
2.  (tr) to surround (with) or envelop (in): he smothered her with love
3.  (tr) to extinguish (a fire) by covering so as to cut it off from the air
4.  to be or cause to be suppressed or stifled: smother a giggle
5.  (tr) to cook or serve (food) thickly covered with sauce, etc
6.  anything, such as a cloud of smoke, that stifles
7.  a profusion or turmoil
8.  archaic a state of smouldering or a smouldering fire
[Old English smorian to suffocate; related to Middle Low German smōren]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smorthre (n.) "dense, suffocating smoke" (c.1175), from stem of O.E. smorian "to suffocate, choke," possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation" is from 1548; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1591. Sense of
"stifle, repress" is first recorded 1579; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1598.
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Example sentences
Now is the time to speak out for those lost voices smothered behind iron.
It can be simply flavored with olive oil, salt and pepper, or smothered with
Large macaroni noodles smothered and baked in a thick white sauce with aged
  white cheese grated and browned on top.
He proudly told me the story of each one-where he was on the day he took it and
  so forth-and smothered me with technical details.
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