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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: smother 'thick smoke' (12-19 centuries), from Old English smorian 'to suffocate'

smother

verb
     
smoth‧er [transitive]
1 to completely cover the whole surface of something with something else, often in a way that seems unnecessary or unpleasant
smother something with/in something
noodles smothered in garlic sauce
2 to kill someone by putting something over their face to stop them breathing [↪ suffocate]:
A teenage mother was accused of smothering her 3-month-old daughter.
3 to stop yourself from showing your feelings or from doing an action [= stifle]:
The girls tried to smother their giggles.
4 to give someone so much love and attention that they feel as if they are not free and become unhappy:
I don't want him to feel smothered.
5

smother somebody with kisses

to kiss someone a lot
6 to make a fire stop burning by preventing air from reaching it:
We used a wet towel to smother the fire.
7 to get rid of anyone who opposes you - used to show disapproval:
They ruthlessly smother all opposition.

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