Etymology
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smother (v.)

c. 1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smother (n.), earlier smorthre "dense, suffocating smoke" (late 12c.), from stem of Old English smorian "to suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle," cognate with Middle Dutch smoren, German schmoren; possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation in any manner" is from 1540s; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1590s. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1570s; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1590s. Related: Smothered; smothering.

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Definitions of smother
1
smother (v.)
envelop completely;
smother the meat in gravy
Synonyms: surround
smother (v.)
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing;
Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
Synonyms: asphyxiate / suffocate
smother (v.)
suppress in order to conceal or hide;
smother a yawn
Synonyms: stifle / strangle / muffle / repress
smother (v.)
form an impenetrable cover over;
the butter cream smothered the cake
smother (v.)
deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion;
smother fires
Synonyms: put out
2
smother (n.)
a confused multitude of things;
Synonyms: clutter / jumble / muddle / fuddle / mare's nest / welter
smother (n.)
a stifling cloud of smoke;
From wordnet.princeton.edu