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snuff

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noun \ˈsnəf\

Definition of snuff

  1. 1 :  the charred part of a candlewick

  2. 2a obsolete :  umbrage, offenseb chiefly Scottish :  huff



Origin of snuff

Middle English snoffe


First Known Use: 14th century


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snuff

transitive verb

Definition of snuff

  1. 1 :  to crop the snuff of (a candle) by pinching or by the use of snuffers so as to brighten the light

  2. 2a :  to extinguish by or as if by the use of a candlesnuffer —often used with outb :  to make extinct :  put an end to —usually used with out <snuffed out their hopes>; also :  kill, execute <snuffed the bad guys>

snuff it

British

  1. :  die



15th Century

First Known Use of snuff

15th century


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snuff

adjective

Definition of snuff

  1. :  characterized by the sensationalistic depiction of violence; especially :  featuring a real rather than a staged murder <snuff movies>



1971

First Known Use of snuff

1971


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snuff

verb

Definition of snuff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw forcibly through or into the nostrils

  3. 2 :  scent, smell

  4. 3 :  to sniff at in order to examine —used of an animal

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to inhale through the nose noisily and forcibly; also :  to sniff or smell inquiringly

  7. 2 obsolete :  to sniff loudly in or as if in disgust

  8. 3 :  to take snuff



Origin of snuff

akin to Dutch snuffen to sniff, snuff — more at snivel


First Known Use: 1527


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snuff

noun

Definition of snuff

  1. :  the act of snuffing :  sniff



1568

First Known Use of snuff

1568


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snuff

noun

Definition of snuff

  1. 1 :  a preparation of pulverized tobacco to be inhaled through the nostrils, chewed, or placed against the gums

  2. 2 :  the amount of snuff taken at one time

up to snuff
  1. :  of sufficient quality :  meeting an applicable standard



Origin of snuff

Dutch snuf, short for snuftabak, from snuffen to snuff + tabak tobacco


First Known Use: 1650



SNUFF Defined for Kids

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snuff

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noun \ˈsnəf\

Definition of snuff

  1. :  powdered tobacco that is chewed, placed against the gums, or drawn in through the nostrils




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snuff

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verb

Definition of snuff

snuffedsnuff·ing

  1. :  to draw through or into the nose with force




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snuff

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verb

Definition of snuff

snuffedsnuffing

  1. 1 :  to cut or pinch off the burned end of the wick of a candle

  2. 2 :  to put an end to




Medical Dictionary

snuff

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noun \ˈsnəf\

Medical Definition of snuff

  1. :  a preparation of pulverized tobacco to be inhaled through the nostrils, chewed, or placed against the gums; also :  a preparation of a powdered drug to be inhaled through the nostrils





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