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stuffy

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adjective \ˈstə-fē\

Simple Definition of stuffy

  • : lacking fresh air

  • : filled with mucus because of illness

  • : very formal, serious, or old-fashioned

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stuffy

stuffierstuffiest

  1. 1 :  ill-natured, ill-humored

  2. 2 :  lacking in vitality or interest :  stodgy, dull

  3. 3a :  oppressive to the breathing :  close <a stuffy room>b :  stuffed up <a stuffy nose>

  4. 4a :  narrowly inflexible in standards of conduct :  self-righteousb :  stiffly conventional :  priggish <stuffy formalities>

stuffily play \ˈstə-fə-lē\ adverb
stuffiness play \ˈstə-fē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stuffy in a sentence

  1. It's very stuffy in here.

  2. She had a stuffy nose.

  3. I had a stuffy feeling in my head.

  4. the stuffiest members of that exclusive club



1798

First Known Use of stuffy

1798

Rhymes with stuffy


STUFFY Defined for Kids

stuffy

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adjective \ˈstə-fē\

Definition of stuffy for Students

stuffierstuffiest

  1. 1 :  needing fresh air <a stuffy room>

  2. 2 :  stuffed or blocked up <a stuffy nose>

  3. 3 :  very formal and self-important <He's a stuffy old teacher.>




Medical Dictionary

stuffy

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adjective \ˈstəf-ē\

Medical Definition of stuffy

stuffier; est

  1. :  affected with congestion <a stuffy nose>

stuffiness \ˈstəf-ē-nəs\play noun



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