smothery

smothery

[smuhth-uh-ree]
adjective
stifling; close: a smothery atmosphere.

Origin:
1595–1605; smother + -y1

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smother (ˈsmʌðə)
 
vb
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
 
n
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]
 
'smothery
 
adj

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