stuffy

adjective
\ ˈstə-fē How to pronounce stuffy (audio) \
stuffier; stuffiest

Definition of stuffy

2 : lacking in vitality or interest : stodgy, dull
3a : oppressive to the breathing : close a stuffy room
b : stuffed up a stuffy nose
4a : narrowly inflexible in standards of conduct : self-righteous
b : stiffly conventional : priggish stuffy formalities

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Other Words from stuffy

stuffily \ ˈstə-​fə-​lē How to pronounce stuffily (audio) \ adverb
stuffiness \ ˈstə-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce stuffiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for stuffy

Synonyms

breathless, close, stifling, suffocating

Antonyms

airy, breezy, unstuffy

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Examples of stuffy in a Sentence

It's very stuffy in here. She had a stuffy nose. I had a stuffy feeling in my head. the stuffiest members of that exclusive club
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With summer here, the small inside dining room can get stuffy and the outdoor seating may actually provide better comfort with more breeze, but beware the buzzing flies. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019 Havenly designers predict that the nursery will be similar to her Toronto residence: regal and royal, but not stuffy—a contemporary take on a classic British style. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 Refined but not stuffy, the cuisine is French with Caribbean flair: a brandied bisque of rock lobster, say, or scallops in a wine and cheese sauce. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 Prince Harry did more than his fair share to challenge the perception of the once-stuffy British establishment. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Like to Go on Tour with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan," 3 Nov. 2018 The non-porous fabric can be stuffy and warm to sleep on. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 Even though tweed can sometimes look stuffy, Kate added high, pointed heels, which, combined with the frayed edges of the skirt and jacket, gave the outfit a more modern and updated feel. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Just Wore the Most Perfect Work-Appropriate Look," 13 Feb. 2019 Power Uniform Courtesy Forgo a stuffy blazer in favor of this plaid, double-breasted piece that takes officewear up a notch. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Vests, Your New Spring Wardrobe Staple," 28 Feb. 2019 Much of its appeal comes from the fact that the art world is widely perceived as a stuffy landscape filled with composed and aloof characters who can’t be bothered to interact with laymen folks like us. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of stuffy

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stuffy was in 1798

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stuffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stuffy

: lacking fresh air
: filled with mucus because of illness
informal + disapproving : very formal, serious, or old-fashioned

stuffy

adjective
\ ˈstə-fē How to pronounce stuffy (audio) \
stuffier; stuffiest

Kids Definition of stuffy

1 : needing fresh air a stuffy room
2 : stuffed or blocked up a stuffy nose
3 : very formal and self-important He's a stuffy old teacher.

stuffy

adjective
\ ˈstəf-ē How to pronounce stuffy (audio) \
stuffier; stuffiest

Medical Definition of stuffy

: affected with congestion a stuffy nose

Other Words from stuffy

stuffiness \ ˈstəf-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce stuffiness (audio) \ noun

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