Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To free from a garment or device that muffles.
  • intransitive v. To remove or cast off something that muffles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take a covering from, as the face; to uncover.
  • v. To remove the muffling of, as a drum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take a covering from, as the face; to uncover.
  • transitive v. To remove the muffling of, as a drum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take a muffler from, as the face; remove a muffler or wrapping from, as a person.
  • To throw off coverings or concealments.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ muffle

Examples

  • So Purdy took her on his arm and escorted her — not exactly comfortably; for, said Polly, no one who had not tried it, knew how hard it was to walk arm-in-arm with a lame person, especially if you did not want to hurt his feelings — Purdy took her to the theatre, helped her to unmuffle and to change her boots, and bore her company till her brother arrived.

    Australia Felix

  • If she slept it came into her dreams, and her waking thoughts strove with hideous wilfulness to unmuffle that dead face.

    A Life's Morning

  • “William Wilson,” and is based upon fancied resemblances of situation, which have not the least foundation in the facts, and upon the occurrence in both stories of the phrase, “Villain, unmuffle yourself!”

    A Study Of Hawthorne

  • I am fatigued, I will retire, and you, my dear Belinda, shall represent me; so tell them to open my doors, and unmuffle the knocker: let me hear the sound of music and dancing, and let the house be filled again, for

    Tales and Novels — Volume 03

  • When I am fatigued, I will retire, and you, my dear Belinda, shall represent me; so tell them to open my doors, and unmuffle the knocker: let me hear the sound of music and dancing, and let the house be filled again, for Heaven's sake.

    Belinda

  • But, prithee, ghost, unmuffle! chatter no more! wait till you're buried for that. "

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2)

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  • "Mr. and Mrs. van der Luyden could not remain deaf to such a call, and reluctantly but heroically they had come to town, unmuffled the house, and sent out invitations for two dinners and an evening reception."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009