1 adj Stifling heat is so intense that it makes you feel uncomfortable. You can also use stifling to describe a place that is extremely hot.
The stifling heat of the little room was beginning to make me nauseous.
2 adj If a situation is stifling, it makes you feel uncomfortable because you cannot do what you want.
Life at home with her parents and two sisters was stifling., ...a stifling bureaucracy.
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