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stuffed shirt

a pompous, self-satisfied, and inflexible person.
Origin of stuffed shirt
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stuffed shirt
Historical Examples
  • I'm tired of all that other crowd—the stuffed shirt brigade, you know.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • Remember that stuffed shirt ground major at the Broome field in Australia?

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • He had been herded into a corner by Johnson, Aunt Gretchen's stuffed shirt of a butler, who was standing guard over him.

  • “Never try to show up a policeman, even if he is a stuffed shirt,” remarked the reporter softly.

    Clue of the Silken Ladder Mildred A. Wirt
  • He characterized Frank Shabata by a Bohemian expression which is the equivalent of stuffed shirt.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • But Thar sounded like a stuffed shirt now, and that is the last thing Hockley would have expected.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for stuffed shirt

stuffed shirt

(informal) a pompous or formal person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for stuffed shirt

stuffed shirt

noun phrase

A pompous person; a stiff, self-important bore (1913+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with stuffed shirt

stuffed shirt

An overly formal or pompous person, as in She's such a stuffed shirt that I'm surprised you'd invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a real person). [ c. 1900 ]
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