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noun (1)

snuff·​er ˈsnə-fər How to pronounce snuffer (audio)
: a device similar to a pair of scissors for cropping and holding the snuff of a candle
usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction


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noun (2)

: one that snuffs or sniffs

Examples of snuffer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Wick trimmers, snuffers, and nice matches are always welcome in a candle lover;s household. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 4 Dec. 2023 Sophie Hengst, 26, an interior designer from Milwaukee, wanted to thank her bridesmaids via proposal boxes that included a candle and candle snuffer. Andrew Zucker, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 In the absence of a snuffer, the candle's lid can be used to safely extinguish your flame and protect your room’s air quality. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 The collection also includes a gold wick trimmer ($65) to ensure an even burn and a matching snuffer ($50) to gently extinguish flames. Pia Velasco, ELLE, 31 Aug. 2023 The wick trimmer keeps wicks at a safe burning height and reduces soot, and the snuffer helps reduce smokiness when putting out a flame. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2023 How cute are the snuffer and wick trimmer? Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 18 July 2022 An optional snuffer lid helps protect the inside of the pit from the elements when not in use. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 There’s a curvy ice bucket for holiday cards, and a bent candle snuffer., 7 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snuffer was in the 15th century

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“Snuffer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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