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snuff

noun \ ˈsnəf \

Definition of snuff

1 : the charred part of a candlewick
2 a obsolete : umbrage, offense
b chiefly Scotland : huff

Origin and Etymology of snuff

Middle English snoffe


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snuff

verb

Definition of snuff

1 : to crop the snuff of (a candle) by pinching or by the use of snuffers so as to brighten the light
2 a : to extinguish by or as if by the use of a candlesnuffer often used with out
b : 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
: die

First Known Use of snuff

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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snuff

adjective

Definition of snuff

: characterized by the sensationalistic depiction of violence; especially : featuring a real rather than a staged murder
  • snuff movies

First Known Use of snuff

1971

in the meaning defined above

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snuff

verb

Definition of snuff

1 : to draw forcibly through or into the nostrils
2 : scent, smell
3 : to sniff at in order to examine used of an animal
1 : to inhale through the nose noisily and forcibly; also : to sniff or smell inquiringly
2 obsolete : to sniff loudly in or as if in disgust
3 : to take snuff

Origin and Etymology of snuff

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


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snuff

noun

Definition of snuff

: the act of snuffing : sniff

First Known Use of snuff

1568

in the meaning defined above

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snuff

noun

Definition of snuff

1 : a preparation of pulverized tobacco to be inhaled through the nostrils, chewed, or placed against the gums
2 : the amount of snuff taken at one time
up to snuff
: of sufficient quality : meeting an applicable standard

Origin and Etymology of snuff

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


SNUFF Defined for Kids

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snuff

noun \ ˈsnəf \

Definition of snuff for Students

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

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snuff

verb

Definition of snuff for Students

snuffed; snuffing
: to draw through or into the nose with force

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snuff

verb

Definition of snuff for Students

snuffed; snuffing
1 : to cut or pinch off the burned end of the wick of a candle
2 : to put an end to

Medical Dictionary

snuff

noun \ ˈsnəf \

medical Definition of snuff

: 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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