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snuff 1

v. snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs
1. To inhale (something) audibly through the nose; sniff.
2. To sense or examine by smelling; sniff at.
To sniff; inhale.
The act of snuffing or the sound produced by it; a snuffle.

[Middle English snoffen, to snuff a candle, sniffle, probably from snoffe, snuff; see snuff2.]

snuff 2

The charred portion of a candlewick.
tr.v. snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs
1. To extinguish: snuffed out the candles.
2. To put a sudden end to: lives that were snuffed out by car accidents.
3. Slang To kill; murder.
4. To cut off the charred portion of (a candlewick).

[Middle English snoffe, possibly of Low German origin.]

snuff 3

a. A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling. Also called smokeless tobacco.
b. The quantity of this tobacco that is inhaled at a single time; a pinch.
2. See dip.
3. A powdery substance, such as a medicine, taken by inhaling.
intr.v. snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs
To use or inhale snuff.
up to snuff Informal
1. Normal in health.
2. Up to standard; adequate.

[Dutch snuf, short for snuftabak : Dutch snuffen, to sniff; see snuffle + tabak, tobacco.]
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