from The Century Dictionary.

  • To discomfit.
  • To suffocate, as by noxious air, smoke, etc.; stifle; choke.
  • To be suffocated or stifled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb Scot. & Prov. Eng. To suffocate or stifle; to smother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, UK, Scotland, dialect To suffocate or stifle; to smother.


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  • He does naething but rowt aboot in 's boaratory as he ca's 't -- bore-a-whig, or bore-a-tory, it's little to me -- makin 'stinks there fit to scomfish a whaul, an' gar 'im stick his nose aneth the watter for a glamp o' fresh air.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock George MacDonald 1864

  • He's a burnin 'shame, and a stinkin' lamp; for the grace o 'God wasna hauden to the nib o' 'm lang eneuch to set him in a low (flame), but only lang eneuch to gar the ile o' 'm reek fit to scomfish (suffocate) a haill Sodom. "

    Alec Forbes of Howglen George MacDonald 1864

  • I could tell you my story better if I had my will in my hand; and I'll scomfish you if ever you go for to tell. "

    Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell 1837


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