a pompous, self-satisfied, and inflexible person.
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How to use stuffed shirt in a sentence
He had been herded into a corner by Johnson, Aunt Gretchen's stuffed shirt of a butler, who was standing guard over him."And That's How It Was, Officer" | Ralph Sholto
Nayland is a stuffed shirt of the first stuffing, and a tinpot Hitler to boot, but he is fanatically and incorruptibly patriotic.The Mercenaries | Henry Beam Piper
I'm tired of all that other crowd—the stuffed shirt brigade, you know.The Salamander | Owen Johnson
He characterized Frank Shabata by a Bohemian expression which is the equivalent of stuffed shirt.O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
He turned to the crowd, which looked on in stunned silence, and tucked in his money-stuffed shirt.Wunpost | Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for stuffed shirt
informal a pompous or formal person
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Other 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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