Smoth·er v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smothered p. pr. & vb. n. Smothering.]
1. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.
2. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire.
3. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.
adj 1: held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a
stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed
laughter" [syn: stifled, strangled, suppressed]
2: completely covered; "bonnets smothered with flowers";
"smothered chicken is chicken cooked in a seasoned gravy"