• To wrap (a person, face etc.) in fabric or another covering, for warmth or protection; often with up.
  • To wrap up or cover (a source of noise) in order to deaden the sound.
  • To mute or deaden (a sound etc.).
  • To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.
  • To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.


  • From Middle English muflen, aphetic alteration of Anglo-Norman amoufler, from Old French enmoufler ("to wrap up, muffle"), from moufle, from Medieval Latin muffula, of Germanic origin (—first recorded in the Capitulary of Aachen in 817 ), from Frankish *muffël from *mauwu (from Proto-Germanic *mawwō) + *vël (from Proto-Germanic *fellą. Alternate etymology traces the Medieval Latin word to Frankish *molfell from *mol (akin to Old High German molawēn, Middle High German molwic, English mulch) + *fell.

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