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adj, snuffier or snuffiest
1. (Brewing) of, relating to, or resembling snuff
2. (Brewing) covered with or smelling of snuff
3. unpleasant; disagreeable
ˈsnuffiness n


(ˈsnʌf i)

adj. 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.
snuff′i•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
The stationmaster had already gone off to his garden, which was half a mile away in a hollow of the moor; a porter, who was just leaving, took charge of the phaeton, and promised to return it before night to Naseby House; only a deaf, snuffy, and stern old man remained to play propriety for Dick and Esther.
You would not have a young lady use her pocket-handkerchief like a snuffy old nurse, Clara?
That was attended to by a snuffy and mop-headed, inconceivably dirty, and weirdly toothless Dutch ship-keeper, who could hardly speak three words of English, but who must have had some considerable knowledge of the language, since he managed invariably to interpret in the contrary sense everything that was said to him.
He introduced her to a snuffy Portuguese priest with a list of semi- destitute widows as long as his cassock.
Krook addresses a crazy little woman who is his female lodger, who appears and vanishes in a breath, who soon returns accompanied by a testy medical man brought from his dinner, with a broad, snuffy upper lip and a broad Scotch tongue.
I really respect some snuffy old stockbroker who's gone on adding up column after column all his days, and trotting back to his villa at Brixton with some old pug dog he worships, and a dreary little wife sitting at the end of the table, and going off to Margate for a fortnight-- I assure you I know heaps like that--well, they seem to me
As another writer* has quaintly put it, "Tom Carlyle lives in perfect dignity in a little 40 pound house in Chelsea, with a snuffy Scotch maid to open the door; and the best company in England ringing at it.
One was of snuffy colored gingham which Marilla had been tempted to buy from a peddler the preceding summer because it looked so serviceable; one was of black-and-white checkered sateen which she had picked up at a bargain counter in the winter; and one was a stiff print of an ugly blue shade which she had purchased that week at a Carmody store.
When my friend, the fashionable John Pimlico, married the lovely Lady Belgravia Green Parker, the excitement was so general that even the little snuffy old pew-opener who let me into the seat was in tears.
Hermann, with his hair rumpled, in a snuffy flannel shirt and a pair of mustard-coloured trousers, had rushed to help with the wheel.
Jacobs himself, familiarly known as Old Goggles, from his habit of wearing spectacles, imposed no painful awe; and if it was the property of snuffy old hypocrites like him to write like copperplate and surround their signatures with arabesques, to spell without forethought, and to spout "my name is Norval" without bungling, Tom, for his part, was glad he was not in danger of those mean accomplishments.
Snuffy Walden, and two cast production recordings: "The Shadow of Your Smile," (the Love Theme from 1965's The Sandpiper), sung by AQUARIUS' Ambyr Childers, Emma Dumont and Tara Lynn Barr during a discussion of the film by their characters, and "True Love You Will Find" (written by Charles Manson), performed by AQUARIUS' Gethin Anthony as Manson.