Muffled
Muffle Muf"fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Muffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muffling}.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel a muff. See {Muff}.] 1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up. --South. [1913 Webster]

The face lies muffled up within the garment. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Muffled up in darkness and superstition. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen. [1913 Webster]

3. To wrap or fit with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock; to muffle the exhaust of a motor vehicle. [1913 Webster]


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  • muffled — adj. 1. same as {muted}; as, muffled drums; the muffled noises of the street. Syn: dull, muted, softened. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy; as, children muffled almost to the eyebrows. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muffled — index covert, indistinct Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • muffled — [adj] quietened deadened, dim, dull, faint, flat, indistinct, mute, muted, obscure, silenced, stifled, strangled, subdued, suppressed; concept 594 Ant. clear, unblocked …   New thesaurus

  • muffled — [[t]mʌ̱f(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ: usu v link ADJ If you are muffled, you are wearing a lot of heavy clothes so that very little of your body or face is visible. Children muffled in scarves and woolly hats were slipping and sliding on the ice. ● PHRASE: usu …   English dictionary

  • muffled — muf|fled [ˈmʌfəld] adj muffled sounds cannot be heard clearly, for example because they come from behind a door or wall ▪ I could hear muffled voices in the next room. ▪ There was the muffled sound of organ practice coming from the chapel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • muffled — adjective muffled sounds or voices cannot be heard clearly, for example because they come from behind a door or wall: I heard the muffled thump of a car door slamming. | Muffled voices could be heard in the next room …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • muffled — adjective 1. being or made softer or less loud or clear (Freq. 7) the dull boom of distant breaking waves muffled drums the muffled noises of the street muted trumpets • Syn: ↑dull, ↑muted, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • muffled — muf|fled [ mʌfld ] adjective a muffled sound is not easy to hear because it is blocked by something: muffled voices from the next room …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • muffled — UK [ˈmʌf(ə)ld] / US adjective a muffled sound is not easy to hear because it is blocked by something muffled voices from the next room …   English dictionary

  • muffled — adj. Muffled is used with these nouns: ↑cry, ↑curse, ↑exclamation, ↑explosion, ↑groan, ↑laughter, ↑moan, ↑noise, ↑reply, ↑roar, ↑scream, ↑shout, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

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