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snuffy

[snuhf-ee]
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adjective, snuff·i·er, snuff·i·est.
  1. resembling snuff.
  2. soiled with snuff.
  3. given to the use of snuff.
  4. having an unpleasant appearance.
  5. having hurt feelings.
  6. easily displeased.

Origin of snuffy

First recorded in 1780–90; snuff1 + -y1
Related formssnuff·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for snuffy

Historical Examples

  • Snuffy Davie, a prince of book-hunters, 166—his capture of the Game of Chess, 222.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • If he didn't know much when he begun, he's ahead of Snuffy now.

  • Snuffy's as poor as Job's turkey; it was a windfall for him.

  • I shall only find in him,' I thought, 'a "snuffy priest," and he in me only an Oxford cub.'

  • That snuffy black gown of hers went down in a reverence as he passed.


British Dictionary definitions for snuffy

snuffy

adjective snuffier or snuffiest
  1. of, relating to, or resembling snuff
  2. covered with or smelling of snuff
  3. unpleasant; disagreeable
Derived Formssnuffiness, noun
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