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[snuhf-ee] /ˈsnʌf i/
adjective, snuffier, snuffiest.
resembling snuff.
soiled with snuff.
given to the use of snuff.
having an unpleasant appearance.
having hurt feelings.
easily displeased.
Origin of snuffy
1780-90; snuff1 + -y1
Related forms
snuffiness, noun Unabridged
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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
  • I shall only find in him,' I thought, 'a "snuffy priest," and he in me only an Oxford cub.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • Does he think that I am a snuffy collector of stuffy curios?

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • snuffy Davie, a prince of book-hunters, 166—his capture of the Game of Chess, 222.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • 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


adjective snuffier, snuffiest
of, relating to, or resembling snuff
covered with or smelling of snuff
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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