\ ˈsni-fē How to pronounce sniffy (audio) \
sniffier; sniffiest

Definition of sniffy

: having or expressing a haughty attitude : disdainful, supercilious

Other Words from sniffy

sniffily \ ˈsni-​fə-​lē How to pronounce sniffy (audio) \ adverb
sniffiness \ ˈsni-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce sniffy (audio) \ noun

Examples of sniffy in a Sentence

She wrote a sniffy letter rejecting his offer. she was sniffy about anyone who didn't live up to her standards for “good manners”
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First Known Use of sniffy

1871, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2022

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“Sniffy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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