Synonyms of smother
1 extinguishDictionary • They tried to smother the flames.
extinguish • It took about 50 minutes to extinguish the fire.
stifle • Critics have accused them of trying to stifle debate.
2 suffocateDictionary • He had attempted to smother his sixteen-week-old son.
suffocate • They were suffocated as they slept.
choke • Dense smoke swirled and billowed, its fumes choking her.
strangle • He was almost strangled by his parachute harness straps.
3 suppressDictionary • She tried to smother her feelings of panic.
suppress • Liz thought of Barry and suppressed a smile.
stifle • She makes no attempt to stifle a yawn.
repress • I couldn't repress a sigh of admiration.
hide • I have absolutely nothing to hide, I have done nothing wrong.
conceal • Robert could not conceal his relief.
muffle • He held a handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice.
4 overwhelmDictionary • He smothered her with kisses.
overwhelm • The small Pacific island could be overwhelmed by rising sea levels.
cover • He covered his head with a turban.
shower • He showered her with emeralds and furs.
surround • The church was surrounded by a rusted wrought-iron fence.
shroud • Mist shrouded the outline of the palace.
inundate • Her office was inundated with requests for tickets.
envelop • the thick black cloud of smoke that enveloped the area
cocoon • She lay on the sofa, cocooned in blankets.
5 stifleDictionary • trying to smother our giggles
restrain • She was unable to restrain her desperate anger.
repress • People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
keep in check
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chokeWhen you choke or when something chokes you, you cannot breathe properly or get enough air into your lungs.
• Dense smoke swirled and billowed, its fumes choking her.
• She lay on the sofa, cocooned in blankets.
concealIf you conceal a piece of information or a feeling, you do not let other people know about it.
• Robert could not conceal his relief.
Thesaurus for smother from the Collins English Thesaurus
to suffocate or stifle by cutting off or being cut off from the air