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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 ?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
Hermann, with his hair rumpled, in a snuffy flannel shirt and a pair of mustard-coloured trousers, had rushed to help with the wheel.
He introduced her to a snuffy Portuguese priest with a list of semi- destitute widows as long as his cassock.
On the other hand, later in the novel, he stresses the truthfulness of his account by informing readers that "everything I told you about Lila's breakdown, about Snuffy attacking Al, about how it all played out is--to the best of my knowledge--absolutely true, all except for one detail: who drove the truck" (226).