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 : causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of
fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June
dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat";
"the room was suffocating--hot and airless" [syn: suffocating,