from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mumble; mutter; speak indistinctly.
  • noun The tumid and naked part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.
  • To infold or wrap up, especially in some cloth or woven fabric, so as to conceal from view or protect from the weather; wrap up or cover close, particularly the neck and face; envelop or inwrap in some covering.
  • To blindfold.
  • Figuratively, to wrap up or cover; conceal; involve.
  • To envelop more or less completely in something that deadens sound: used especially of bells, drums, and oars. See muffled.
  • To restrain from speaking by wrapping up the head; put to silence.
  • Synonyms Muzzle, etc. See gag.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.
  • noun (Metal.) An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects heated from the direct action of the fire, as in scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.
  • noun (Ceramics) A small oven for baking and fixing the colors of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.
  • noun A pulley block containing several sheaves.
  • noun The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.
  • transitive verb To wrap or fit with something that dulls or deadens the sound of.
  • intransitive verb To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Anything that mutes or deadens sound.
  • noun A warm piece of clothing for the hands.
  • noun A kiln or furnace, often electric, with no direct flames (a muffle furnace)
  • verb transitive To wrap up (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection.
  • verb transitive To wrap up or cover (a source of noise) in order to deaden the sound.
  • verb transitive To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  • verb conceal or hide
  • noun a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English muflen "to muffle", aphetic alteration of Anglo-Norman amoufler, from Old French enmoufler ("to wrap up, muffle"), from moufle ("mitten"), from Medieval Latin muffula ("a muff"), of Germanic origin (—first recorded in the Capitulary of Aachen in 817 CE), from Frankish *muffël "a muff, wrap, envelope" from *muff- "sleeve, wrap" (from Proto-Germanic *mawwō (“sleeve”)) + *vël "skin, hide" (from Proto-Germanic *fellan (“skin, film, fleece”), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(e)(w)-, *plē(w)- (“skin, hide”)). Akin to Middle High German mouwe, mōwe ("sleeve") (German Muff "muff", Dutch mouw "sleeve"). Alternate etymology traces the Medieval Latin word to Frankish *molfell (“soft garment made of hide”) from *mol (“softened, forworn”) (akin to Old High German molawēn "to soften", Middle High German molwic "soft") + *fell (“hide, skin”). Akin to Old High German fel ("fell, skin, hide"), Old English fell ("fell, skin, hide"). More at mulch, fell, camouflage.


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