stuffed shirt


Definition of stuffed shirt

: a smug, conceited, and usually pompous person often with an inflexibly conservative or reactionary attitude

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Examples of stuffed shirt in a Sentence

the stuffed shirts in this organization don't seem to realize that without new blood our extinction is inevitable
Recent Examples on the Web With his piano-pounding performances, wild vocals, bouffant hair and makeup, Little Richard burst onto the musical scene in the 1950s and shook up the stuffed shirts with a string of his hit songs that got both black and white people dancing. NBC News, "Little Richard, piano-pounding music icon, dies at 87," 9 May 2020 Karen Knorr’s photos of the private members’ clubs of London in the early 1980s are full of stuffed shirts wearing gleaming brogues. The Economist, "Denizens of Mars What does it mean to be “manly”?," 25 Feb. 2020 For this case, he has been contracted by a bunch of white-haired stuffed shirts with medals on their chests to find anyone who enabled the Kansas City suicide bombers, who crossed into the United States via the Mexican border. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Sicario’ sequel is relentlessly grim," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of stuffed shirt

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stuffed shirt was in 1904

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“Stuffed shirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stuffed shirt

informal + disapproving : a person who behaves in a very formal way and expects to be treated as someone very important

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