stuffy

[stuhf-ee]

adjective, stuff·i·er, stuff·i·est.


Origin of stuffy

First recorded in 1545–55; stuff + -y1
Related formsstuff·i·ly, adverbstuff·i·ness, nounun·stuff·i·ly, adverbun·stuff·i·ness, nounun·stuff·y, adjective

Synonyms for stuffy

3, 5, 8. stodgy. 6. smug. 7. priggish.
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British Dictionary definitions for stuffiness

stuffy

adjective stuffier or stuffiest

lacking fresh air
excessively dull, staid, or conventional
(of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
Derived Formsstuffily, adverbstuffiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stuffiness

stuffy

adj.

"poorly ventilated," 1831, from stuff (n.) + -y (2). Sense of "pompous, smug" is from 1895. Related: Stuffily; stuffiness.

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