AskDefine | Define stifle

Dictionary Definition

stifle n : joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee [syn: knee]


1 conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, strangle, muffle, repress]
2 smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: dampen] [ant: stimulate]
3 impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: suffocate, asphyxiate, choke]
4 be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow" [syn: suffocate, asphyxiate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈstaɪfl/, /"staIfl/


  1. A hind knee of various mammals, especially horses.


a hind knee of various mammals, especially horses


  1. To interrupt or cut off.
  2. To repress, keep in or hold back.
    The army stifled the rebellion.
  3. To smother or suffocate.
    The heat was stifling.
  4. To feel smothered etc.
  5. To die of suffocation.
    Two firemen tragically stifled in yesterday's fire when trying to rescue an old lady from her bedroom.


to interrupt or cut off
to repress, keep in or hold back
to smother or suffocate
to feel smothered
to die of suffocation

Extensive Definition

Stifle can mean:
A stifle is also the name for an animal's knee joint. See stifle joint.

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