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  1. a person who snuffs or sniffs.
  2. a person who takes snuff.
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Origin of snuffer1

First recorded in 1600–10; snuff1 + -er1


  1. candlesnuffer.
  2. extinguisher(def 3).
  3. a person who snuffs candles.
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Origin of snuffer2

1425–75; late Middle English. See snuff2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for snuffer

Historical Examples

  • He could not put his head in it like a candle in a snuffer, for then he would not be able to see his way down.

    Japanese Fairy World

    William Elliot Griffis

  • They were at Snuffer's house, and saw the detectives pass, and started out with the avowed purpose of capturing them.

  • On the mantel-shelf stood two brass candle-sticks with snuffer and extinguisher.


    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • The chewer and the snuffer get the effect through the tissue with which the tobacco comes in contact.

    Habits that Handicap

    Charles B. Towns

  • A squat, snug house, the eaves of whose steep gabled roof came down well over its two stories, like the snuffer on a candle.

    A Village of Vagabonds

    F. Berkeley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for snuffer


  1. a cone-shaped implement for extinguishing candles
  2. (plural) an instrument resembling a pair of scissors for trimming the wick or extinguishing the flame of a candle
  3. rare a person who takes snuff
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Word Origin and History for snuffer


also snuffter, "instrument for cropping the snuff of a candle, with a closed box to contain the burnt smell and smoke," mid-15c., agent noun from snuff (v.1).

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