|1.||finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing|
|2.||a small amount of this|
|3.||any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils|
|4.||informal up to snuff|
|a. in good health or in good condition|
|b. chiefly (Brit) not easily deceived|
|5.||(intr) to use or inhale snuff|
|[C17: from Dutch snuf, shortened from snuftabale, literally: tobacco for snuffing; see |
|2.||to cut off the charred part of (the wick of a candle, etc)|
|4.||informal (Brit) snuff it to die|
|5.||the burned portion of the wick of a candle|
|[C14 snoffe, of obscure origin]|
v. snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs
To inhale something audibly through the nose; sniff. n.
A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
A medicated powder inhaled through or blown into the nose.
snuff (so) (out) definition
In addition to the idiom beginning with snuff, also see up to par (snuff).
powdered preparation of tobacco used by inhalation or by dipping-that is, rubbing on the teeth and gums. Manufacture involves grinding the tobacco and subjecting it to repeated fermentations. Snuffs may be scented with attar of roses, lavender, cloves, jasmine, etc.
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