[ snuhf ]
/ snʌf /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. snub-nosed,
  2. snubby,
  3. snubfin dolphin,
  4. snuck,
  5. snudge,
  6. snuff film,
  7. snuff movie,
  8. snuff out,
  9. snuff stick,
  10. snuff-box


    up to snuff, Informal.
    1. British.not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.
    2. up to a certain standard; satisfactory: His performance wasn't up to snuff.

Origin of snuff

First recorded in 1520–30, snuff is from the Dutch word snuffen

Related formssnuff·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for up to snuff


/ (snʌf) /


(tr) to inhale through the nose
(when intr, often foll by at) (esp of an animal) to examine by sniffing


an act or the sound of snuffing
Derived Formssnuffer, noun

Word Origin for snuff

C16: probably from Middle Dutch snuffen to snuffle, ultimately of imitative origin


/ (snʌf) /


finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing
a small amount of this
any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils
up to snuff informal
  1. in good health or in good condition
  2. mainly Britishnot easily deceived


(intr) to use or inhale snuff

Word Origin for snuff

C17: from Dutch snuf, shortened from snuftabale, literally: tobacco for snuffing; see snuff 1


/ (snʌf) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by out) to extinguish (a light from a naked flame, esp a candle)
to cut off the charred part of (the wick of a candle, etc)
(usually foll by out) informal to suppress; put an end to
snuff it British informal to die


the burned portion of the wick of a candle

Word Origin for snuff

C14 snoffe, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for up to snuff
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Medicine definitions for up to snuff


[ snŭf ]


To inhale something audibly through the nose; sniff.


A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
A medicated powder inhaled through or blown into the nose.

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Idioms and Phrases with up to snuff


In addition to the idiom beginning with snuff

  • snuff out

also see:

  • up to par (snuff)
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