|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.
Extinguish, put a sudden end to, as in Three young lives were snuffed out in that automobile accident. This usage alludes to snuff in the sense of "put out a candle by pinching the wick," an area itself called snuff from the late 1300s on. [Mid-1800s]
Kill, murder, as in If he told the police, the gang would snuff him out. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
Also, snuff it. Die or be killed, as in He looked very ill indeed, as though he might snuff out any day, or Grandpa just snuffed it. [Slang; second half of 1800s]