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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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  • It was stuffy and hot, but Yetta, in spite of her shawl and blanket, shivered when the intermission was over.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • She was back again in the stuffy hotel room, clutching the sheet about her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They were like a bath at the end of a hot night; like a country platform at the end of a stuffy railway journey.

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • The cabins were stuffy and the clamour of the donkey engine made him restless.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • It was to be judged that the stuffy air of the car made her dozy.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for stuffy

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 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 stuffy

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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