Definition for SMOTH-ER

SMOTH-ER, v.t. [allied perhaps to Ir. smuid, smoke; Sax. methgian, to smoke.]

  1. To suffocate or extinguish life by causing smoke or dust to enter the lungs; to stifle.
  2. To suffocate or extinguish by closely covering, and by the exclusion of air; as, to smother a child in bed.
  3. To suppress; to stifle; as, to smother the light of the understanding. – Hooker.

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