Definitions

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  • v. To suffocate or smother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To suffocate or smother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See smore.

Etymologies

Anglo-Saxon smorian, akin to Dutch and Low German smoren, German schmoren ("to stew"). Compare smother. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This caused a spirited discussion of the best way in which to smoor a fire for the night, including an argument over the proper blessing to be said while doing so, and this lasted long enough for me to have coaxed the brazier into a decent glow and set a small kettle in it for tea-making.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • "I did smoor it, " he said briefly, swinging down from the saddle.

    Drums of Autumn

  • I could stack those inside the hearth to dry, while I finished the supper making; then when we went to bed, I'd smoor the fire with the damp hickory, which would burn more slowly, smoldering till morning.

    Drums of Autumn

  • 'Malachi, if thaa doesn't hold thi tung I'll smoor (smother) thee wi' this stockin '.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • Th 'organ wur reet ony end up; an' they couldn't smoor th 'sound.

    Th' Barrel Organ

  • They wad hae seen my father's roof-tree fa 'down and smoor me before they wad hae gien a boddle a-piece to have propped it up -- but they could a' link out their fifty pounds ower head to bigg a hottle at the Well yonder.

    St. Ronan's Well

  • They wad hae seen my father’s roof-tree fa’ down and smoor me before they wad hae gien a boddle a-piece to have propped it up — but they could a’ link out their fifty pounds ower head to bigg a hottle at the Well yonder.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • "Come on, let's hurry, before they smoor the fire.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • "My clever wee dog was for dashing off, the same as when he's smelt a rabbit, so we caught up our plaids and came away after him, only stopping to snatch a brand from the hearth and smoor the fire.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Na, na, when Jock sees the blue smoor o 'Auld Reeky gaun up into the lift he'll turn an' gae hame. "

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

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