June 05, 2012
muffle (verb)
\MUFF-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to wrap up so as to conceal or protect2 : to deaden the sound of
How do you use it?
"He reached the hall, which was a little lighter owing to the large mullioned window on either side of the front door, and started to climb the stairs, blessing the dust that lay thick upon the stone, because it muffled the sound of his feet and stick." (J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
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We haven't told you everything about "muffle" yet—it has another meaning. Which of the following do you think it is?

No need to muffle your pride if you picked C! Now that you know what "muffle" means, we can tell you a bit more about the word. It's about 500 years old and may come from a French word meaning "to envelop in mittens," though language scientists aren't sure. "Muffle" has a relative you may have heard of: the word "muffler." The muffler on a car is a device that is attached to the engine to make it quieter.
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