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stuffy

[stuhf-ee] /ˈstʌf i/
adjective, stuffier, stuffiest.
1.
close; poorly ventilated:
a stuffy room.
2.
oppressive from lack of freshness:
stuffy air; a stuffy odor.
3.
lacking in interest, as writing or discourse.
4.
affected with a sensation of obstruction in the respiratory passages:
a stuffy nose.
5.
dull or tedious; boring.
6.
self-important; pompous.
7.
rigid or strait-laced in attitudes, especially in matters of personal behavior.
8.
old-fashioned; conservative.
9.
ill-tempered; sulky.
Origin of stuffy
1545-1555
1545-55; stuff + -y1
Related forms
stuffily, adverb
stuffiness, noun
unstuffily, adverb
unstuffiness, noun
unstuffy, adjective
Synonyms
3, 5, 8. stodgy. 6. smug. 7. priggish.
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  • A shabby little house in a crowded street, off at the back of somewhere; dirt and stuffiness and vulgarity all around you.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • We stayed long after both of us had begun to notice the stuffiness of the air.

    The Worlds of If Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • There was to be no heartsick shame, no stuffiness in my life any more forever!

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Yet there is, of course, a difference between warmth and stuffiness.

  • I am thankful to say you won't find dirt or stuffiness anywhere in this house.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • After the stuffiness of my cabin, however, the pure air was vastly refreshing.

    A Cabinet Secret Guy Boothby
  • The stuffiness of the place was poisonous, and I ventured to lower one of the windows a few inches.

    The Modern Malady Cyril Bennett
  • We scarcely notice it, as a person in a stuffy chamber will scarcely notice the stuffiness.

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • stuffiness, stuffiness everywhere—it leads to nothing but stuffiness!

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for stuffiness

stuffy

/ˈstʌfɪ/
adjective stuffier, stuffiest
1.
lacking fresh air
2.
excessively dull, staid, or conventional
3.
(of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
Derived Forms
stuffily, adverb
stuffiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stuffiness

stuffy

adj.

"poorly ventilated," 1831, from stuff (n.) + -y (2). Sense of "pompous, smug" is from 1895. Related: Stuffily; stuffiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stuffiness

stuffy

adjective

Tediously conventional; pompous and self-righteous: He was inclined to be a bit stuffy in sexual matters

[1895+; fr stuffy, ''stale, lacking freshness,'' influenced by stuffed shirt]

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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