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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.
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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 of snuffy

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

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

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

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

  • 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


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