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[snuhf-boks] /ˈsnʌfˌbɒks/
a box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket.
Origin of snuffbox
1680-90; snuff1 + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It might be said to correspond somewhat to the old custom of offering the snuffbox.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • "For Richard," he acknowledged, closing his snuffbox with a snap.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • That great personage tapped his Louis-Quinze snuffbox with some impatience.

  • He bade us in, we were made welcome, and the snuffbox was passed around.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • The Colonel put up his snuffbox and brushed a grain from his ruffles.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Then one passed his snuffbox round, each taking a pinch of snuff.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • He withdrew a snuffbox from his semi-clerical vest pocket, and thoughtfully tapped it with a forefinger.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • The old man rose from his chair, laying his snuffbox on the table by him.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • "To search far," he said, turning back the skirt of his coat to get at his snuffbox.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • His snuffbox was silver, and on it in gold were the king's arms.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for snuffbox


a container, often of elaborate ornamental design, for holding small quantities of snuff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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