sniffier; sniffiest
: having or expressing a haughty attitude : disdainful, supercilious
sniffily adverb
sniffiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sniffy was in 1871

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“Sniffy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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