1. 1〔息の詰まるような〕choking, suffocating, stifling;〔空気が悪くて〕stuffy
    • 部屋は暑く息苦しかった
    • The room was hot and stuffy [close].
  1. 2〔呼吸が苦しい〕
    • 彼は息苦しそうだった
    • He looked as if he was having difficulty (in) breathing.
  1. 3〔雰囲気が緊張した〕tense;〔重苦しい〕oppressive
    • その部屋は息苦しい雰囲気だった
    • There was 「a tense [an oppressive] atmosphere in the room.