smotheriness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

smothery +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

smotheriness ‎(uncountable)

  1. The quality or state of being smothery.
    • 1892, "An Allegory of a Water Cooler," in The Station Agent, Cleveland, Ohio, Vol. VII, April 1892, [1]
      In order to escape the smotheriness of a closely built up city and because it was cheaper, I lived pretty well out to the limits of Clamport []
    • 1953, C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, Collins, 1998, Chapter 15,
      Yet already it felt to Jill and Eustace as if all their dangers in the dark and heat and general smotheriness of the earth must have been only a dream.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.