a pompous, self-satisfied, and inflexible person.
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Origin of stuffed shirt
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
Words nearby stuffed shirt
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British Dictionary definitions for stuffed shirt
informal a pompous or formal person
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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