\ 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

Other Words from stuffy

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cluster headaches can also cause symptoms on the same side as your head pain, like red or watery eyes, a stuffy nose, forehead sweat, and eyelid drooping or swelling, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, 14 July 2022 Myron’s can splash your bank account with a $400 Napa cab or expand your palate with a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a quarter of that, all with service that’s formal without being stuffy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 The Vampire’s Masquerade Ball, while fancy and high end with its formal gothic dress code (no street clothes allowed), managed not to be stuffy. oregonlive, 31 May 2022 Run by husband-wife team executive chef Matt Raso and general manager Yuka Raso, CanoeHouse is inventive and elevated without being stuffy. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 Yet the filmmakers manage to incorporate that without detracting from the central mystery, and the pace chugs along briskly enough, with plenty of stunning scenery when outside those stuffy cruise rooms. Brian Lowry, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Heading into the night, Packer had promised a night full of surprises that would shake up the stuffy Oscars formula. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 This is partially due to the textured bamboo cover, which is a naturally wicking fabric that adds breathability to vent away stuffy air. Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 But there’s also another argument: for the nude as art, for the nude as autonomy, for the nude as a riposte to the stuffy traditions of art history. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stuffy

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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\ 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.


\ 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 stuffy (audio) \ noun

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