- 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 stuffy
With a pop of color and fun print, this cotton pair is not at all stuffy.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
The ceremony is always too stuffy, unless it is way too silly.Breaking: The Oscars Might Not Suck This Year
February 27, 2014
Yesterday, the media were supposed to be focused on the stuffy royal luncheon at Buckingham Palace.Pippa Steals The Royal Limelight Again as Wedding Rumors Trump Stuffy Royal Lunch
December 19, 2013
The style is stuffy, the syntax is antique, and the conceit is never really convincing.Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter
September 24, 2013
Performance artist Marina Abramovic turned a stuffy museum gala on its head with human centerpieces and a violent finale.MOCA’s Bizarre Gala
November 13, 2011
What a joy it was to get away from stuffy courts of justice into the pure Warwickshire air.Viviette
William J. Locke
She was back again in the stuffy hotel room, clutching the sheet about her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The enclosure was very hot and stuffy; there was a smell of dust and straw.Meadow Grass
I don't like his books; I can't breathe in his stuffy drawing-rooms.Audrey Craven
The cabins were stuffy and the clamour of the donkey engine made him restless.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
- lacking fresh air
- excessively dull, staid, or conventional
- (of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
Word Origin and History for stuffy
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