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[snif-ee] /ˈsnɪf i/
adjective, sniffier, sniffiest. Informal.
inclined to sniff, as in scorn; disdainful; supercilious:
He was very sniffy about breaches of etiquette.
Origin of sniffy
1865-70; sniff + -y1
Related forms
sniffily, adverb
sniffiness, noun Unabridged
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  • By remaining above the fray and beyond trends, it was both sniffy and timeless.
  • Nevertheless, the country is not at all sniffy about welcoming budget travellers.
  • They might get sniffy with you, but realistically couldn't do much if you're not tanked or offensive.
British Dictionary definitions for sniffy


adjective -fier, -fiest
(informal) contemptuous or disdainful
Derived Forms
sniffily, adverb
sniffiness, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for sniffy



A runny nose from a common cold or allergy: lots of Kleenex for his sniffles (1770s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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