Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stifling”

stifling

adjective (PREVENT HAPPENING)    /ˈstaɪ.fl̩.ɪŋ/
preventing something from happening: stifling bureaucracyUnhelpful and Uncooperative
(Definition of stifling adjective (PREVENT HAPPENING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of stifling

Definitions of “stifling” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

handout

a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More