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snuffer1

[snuhf-er] /ˈsnʌf ər/
noun
1.
a person who snuffs or sniffs.
2.
a person who takes snuff.
Origin of snuffer1
1600-1610
1600-10; snuff1 + -er1

snuffer2

[snuhf-er] /ˈsnʌf ər/
noun
2.
extinguisher (def 3).
3.
a person who snuffs candles.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English. See snuff2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for snuffer
Historical Examples
  • The chewer and the snuffer get the effect through the tissue with which the tobacco comes in contact.

    Habits that Handicap Charles B. Towns
  • A squat, snug house, the eaves of whose steep gabled roof came down well over its two stories, like the snuffer on a candle.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • He could not put his head in it like a candle in a snuffer, for then he would not be able to see his way down.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
  • On the mantel-shelf stood two brass candle-sticks with snuffer and extinguisher.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • The red cap acted like a snuffer on a candle, to put it out, and while under it, no goblin could be seen by mortal eyes.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • They were at snuffer's house, and saw the detectives pass, and started out with the avowed purpose of capturing them.

British Dictionary definitions for snuffer

snuffer

/ˈsnʌfə/
noun
1.
a cone-shaped implement for extinguishing candles
2.
(pl) an instrument resembling a pair of scissors for trimming the wick or extinguishing the flame of a candle
3.
(rare) a person who takes snuff
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Word Origin and History for snuffer
n.

also snuffter, "instrument for cropping the snuff of a candle, with a closed box to contain the burnt smell and smoke," mid-15c., agent noun from snuff (v.1).

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