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snuffy

[snuhf-ee] /ˈsnʌf i/
adjective, snuffier, snuffiest.
1.
resembling snuff.
2.
soiled with snuff.
3.
given to the use of snuff.
4.
having an unpleasant appearance.
5.
having hurt feelings.
6.
easily displeased.
Origin of snuffy
1780-1790
1780-90; snuff1 + -y1
Related forms
snuffiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for snuffy
Historical Examples
  • A snuffy old man comes into the room, with a huge bundle wrapped up in dirty waterproof.

    Macleod of Dare William Black
  • snuffy Davie, a prince of book-hunters, 166—his capture of the Game of Chess, 222.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • Does he think that I am a snuffy collector of stuffy curios?

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • I shall only find in him,' I thought, 'a "snuffy priest," and he in me only an Oxford cub.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • Now the matrimonial gates are lifted high, and the young man has not to ask permission of any snuffy old magistrate to marry.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • That snuffy black gown of hers went down in a reverence as he passed.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Im the snuffy, snappy bachelor type, you remember, and I dont suppose Id ever have married.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • One fat and snuffy priest had come chattering like a parrot.

  • The snuffy old gentlemen had left the room in a body, outwardly polite and inwardly raging.

    The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers
  • Does Skinflint ever think his candle is snuffy or burns dimly?

British Dictionary definitions for snuffy

snuffy

/ˈsnʌfɪ/
adjective snuffier, snuffiest
1.
of, relating to, or resembling snuff
2.
covered with or smelling of snuff
3.
unpleasant; disagreeable
Derived Forms
snuffiness, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for snuffy

snuff film

noun phrase

A movie in which the actual killing of a person is shown • Filmed murder is very likely a lurid idea rather than a fact: Year Zero has the shock value of a snuff film/ If he'd told them he was making a snuff movie he would have been treated better (1975+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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