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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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  • A stew, typically made from fish. (Malaysia). Derived from Dutch, Smoor, which means food that has been smothered with something, such as tomatoes or onions.

    verb (transitive) (Scottish) to smother, suffocate or extinguish.

    August 15, 2015