sniffy

adjective
\ˈsni-fē \
sniffier; sniffiest

Definition of sniffy 

: having or expressing a haughty attitude : disdainful, supercilious

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Other Words from sniffy

sniffily \ ˈsni-​fə-​lē \ adverb
sniffiness \ ˈsni-​fē-​nəs \ 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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Economists are generally sniffy about them, with some justification. The Economist, "Left in the lurchGlobalisation has marginalised many regions in the rich world," 21 Oct. 2017 Call it subway surfing: Just a 90-minute ride from Times Square, the Rockaways have long been a boarding haven, an oceanfront corner of New York City with waves good enough to please even the sniffiest surfer. Mark Ellwood, CNT, "You Can Now Glamp on NYC's Rockaway Beach," 25 Sep. 2017 Political professionals can be a bit sniffy about gerrymandering’s importance as an explanation for government dysfunction. The Economist, "Arnie lends some muscle to the campaign against gerrymandering," 22 July 2017 This is roughly the same formulation that greets the sniffy pop culture critic: The pace, the material, the plot — Revenge! Accuse! Defend! Deport! Eliminate! Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Binge-watching Trump's First 100 Days: How he's clashed with the arts but is all about entertainment," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sniffy

1871, in the meaning defined above

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sniffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sniffy

: having or showing the attitude of people who believe that they are better or more important than other people

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