- to draw in through the nose by inhaling.
- to perceive by or as by smelling; sniff.
- to examine by smelling, as an animal does.
- to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle: After snuffing around, he found the gas leak.
- to draw powdered tobacco into the nostrils; take snuff.
- Obsolete. to express disdain, contempt, displeasure, etc., by sniffing (often followed by at).
- an act of snuffing; an inhalation through the nose; a sniff.
- smell, scent, or odor.
- a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostrils by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum.
- a pinch of such tobacco.
- up to snuff, Informal.
- British.not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.
- up to a certain standard; satisfactory: His performance wasn't up to snuff.
Origin of snuff1
- the charred or partly consumed portion of a candlewick.
- a thing of little or no value, especially if left over.
- to cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).
- snuff out,
- to extinguish: to snuff out a candle.
- to suppress; crush: to snuff out opposition.
- Informal.to kill or murder: Many lives were snuffed out during the epidemic.
Origin of snuff2
Examples from the Web for snuffed
I snuffed out my cigarette and threw my whiskey-laced coffee across the newsroom in anger.The ‘Sharknado’ Hype Is Wrong—Sharks Are Awesome
July 11, 2013
Snuffed out is the life of a boy who, 24 hours before he died, was drawing butterflies in chalk on his sidewalk.Why I Can’t Forget Boston’s Youngest Victim, 8-Year-Old Martin Richard
April 22, 2013
Ursula finally survives her childhood, only to be snuffed out again in her 20s, the victim of a brutal husband.Life After Life
April 7, 2013
If combustion occurs within a battery, says Boeing, it would be snuffed out in a microsecond for lack of oxygen.The Dreamliner Will Fly Again, But Is Boeing Still Blowing Smoke?
March 26, 2013
Even wild flowers, a symbol for youthful spirit if ever there was one, are snuffed out by the brutality of the plains.American Dreams: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather
February 27, 2013
Again and again she stopped and snuffed, diverged a little, and went on.Heather and Snow
He poked the fire into a blaze, snuffed the candle with his fingers, sang out "My gough!"The Manxman
She snuffed into a handkerchief, and wiped her eyes with a delicate touch or two.Nell, of Shorne Mills
Then all the energy was snuffed out of him like the switching off of an electric current.The Crooked House
All things that were—it seemed to my soul, were snuffed out.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
- (tr) to inhale through the nose
- (when intr, often foll by at) (esp of an animal) to examine by sniffing
- an act or the sound of snuffing
- finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing
- a small amount of this
- any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils
- up to snuff informal
- in good health or in good condition
- mainly Britishnot easily deceived
- (intr) to use or inhale snuff
- (often foll by out) to extinguish (a light from a naked flame, esp a candle)
- to cut off the charred part of (the wick of a candle, etc)
- (usually foll by out) informal to suppress; put an end to
- snuff it British informal to die
- the burned portion of the wick of a candle
Word Origin and History for snuffed
"to cut or pinch off the burned part of a candle wick," mid-15c., from noun snoffe "burned part of a candle wick" (late 14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps related to snuff (v.2). The meaning "to die" is from 1865; that of "to kill" is from 1932; snuff-film, originally an urban legend, is from 1975.
"draw in through the nose," 1520s, from Dutch or Flemish snuffen "to sniff, snuff," related to Dutch snuiven "to sniff," from Proto-Germanic *snuf- (cf. Middle High German snupfe, German Schnupfen "head-cold"), imitative of the sound of drawing air through the nose (see snout). Related: Snuffed; snuffing.
"powdered tobacco to be inhaled," 1680s, from Dutch or Flemish snuf, shortened form of snuftabak "snuff tobacco," from snuffen "to sniff, snuff" (see snuff (v.2)). The practice became fashionable in England c.1680. Slang phrase up to snuff "knowing, sharp, wide-awake, not likely to be deceived" is from 1811; the exact sense is obscure unless it refers to the "elevating" properties of snuff.
- To inhale something audibly through the nose; sniff.
- A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
- A medicated powder inhaled through or blown into the nose.