stuffy

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adjective \ˈstə-fē\

Definition of stuffy

stuffier

;

stuffiest

  1. 1 :  ill-natured, ill-humored

  2. 2 :  lacking in vitality or interest :  stodgy, dull

  3. 3a :  oppressive to the breathing :  close a stuffy roomb :  stuffed up a stuffy nose

  4. 4a :  narrowly inflexible in standards of conduct :  self-righteousb :  stiffly conventional :  priggish stuffy formalities

stuffily

play \ˈstə-fə-lē\ adverb

stuffiness

play \ˈstə-fē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stuffy in a Sentence

  1. It's very stuffy in here.

  2. She had a stuffy nose.

  3. I had a stuffy feeling in my head.

  4. the stuffiest members of that exclusive club

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First Known Use of stuffy

1798


STUFFY Defined for English Language Learners

stuffy

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adjective

Definition of stuffy for English Language Learners

  • : lacking fresh air

  • : filled with mucus because of illness

  • : very formal, serious, or old-fashioned


STUFFY Defined for Kids

stuffy

play
adjective \ˈstə-fē\

Definition of stuffy for Students

stuffier

;

stuffiest

  1. 1 :  needing fresh air a stuffy room

  2. 2 :  stuffed or blocked up a stuffy nose

  3. 3 :  very formal and self-important He's a stuffy old teacher.


Medical Dictionary

stuffy

play
adjective \ˈstəf-ē\

Medical Definition of stuffy

stuffier

;

est

  1. :  affected with congestion a stuffy nose

stuffiness

\ˈstəf-ē-nəs\play noun


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