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Definition of smother
verb [with object]
kill (someone) by covering their nose and mouth so that they suffocate. extinguish (a fire) by covering it.
(smother someone/something in/with
) cover someone or something entirely with:rich orange sorbets smothered in fluffy whipped cream figurativehe smothered her with kisses
make (someone) feel trapped and oppressed by acting in an overly protective manner toward them:it’s time for you to leave the house—she’ll smother you if you remain suppress (a feeling or an action):she smothered a sigh (in sports) stop the motion of (the ball or a shot) by falling on it and covering it:the goalkeeper was able to smother the ball cook in a covered container, typically with a sauce and vegetables on top: (as adjective smothered)smothered fried chicken
a mass of something that stifles or obscures:all this vanished in a smother of foam