- close; poorly ventilated: a stuffy room.
- oppressive from lack of freshness: stuffy air; a stuffy odor.
- lacking in interest, as writing or discourse.
- affected with a sensation of obstruction in the respiratory passages: a stuffy nose.
- dull or tedious; boring.
- self-important; pompous.
- rigid or strait-laced in attitudes, especially in matters of personal behavior.
- old-fashioned; conservative.
- ill-tempered; sulky.
Origin of stuffy
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3, 5, 8. stodgy. 6. smug. 7. priggish.
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Examples from the Web for stuffiness
Deadspin ripped it for stuffiness, high-handedness, and general cluelessness.New York Times Attack on Olympic Athlete Lolo Jones Unfounded and Unfair
August 7, 2012
We stayed long after both of us had begun to notice the stuffiness of the air.The Worlds of If
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
There was the stuffiness of yesterday's day indoors to be shaken off.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Yet there is, of course, a difference between warmth and stuffiness.The Art and Practice of Hawking
Edward B. Michell
His exertions and the stuffiness of the room had made him hot; he was parched with thirst.Barclay of the Guides
I feel the stuffiness of it even more since our visit at Bracken.At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins
- lacking fresh air
- excessively dull, staid, or conventional
- (of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
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Word Origin and History for stuffiness
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