stuffy

[stuhf-ee]
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:
1545–55; stuff + -y1

stuffily, adverb
stuffiness, noun
unstuffily, adverb
unstuffiness, noun
unstuffy, adjective


3, 5, 8. stodgy. 6. smug. 7. priggish.
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stuffy (ˈstʌfɪ)
 
adj , stuffier, stuffiest
1.  lacking fresh air
2.  excessively dull, staid, or conventional
3.  (of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
 
'stuffily
 
adv
 
'stuffiness
 
n

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Example sentences
Modern museum, heavy on design and technology, light on stuffy displays.
None of them wants to be responsible for a building that is too hot or stuffy,
  can't heat its water or is too dim.
If it gets too hot and stuffy in your house, you can open a window.
All the same, the idea of your work is excellent and it is a breath of fresh
  air in a stuffy old room full of stuffy old ideas.
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