\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The tracker includes check boxes for frequent COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, trouble breathing, loss of taste or smell, and symptoms that may not be COVID-related such as watery eyes, scratchy throat, vision changes and stuffy sinuses. Dennis Pillion |, al, "What are your symptoms? Help track the spread of coronavirus in Alabama," 10 Apr. 2020 Flu symptoms can include a runny or stuffy nose, headaches and possibly vomiting or diarrhea, though the latter two are more common in children than adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Fortune, "Coronavirus and the flu have similar symptoms. So, how are they different?," 10 Mar. 2020 The event’s co-founder, Seth Thompson, had told me it wasn’t stuffy, despite the potential when such a spendy bourbon is being poured by some of the most famous names in the business. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Pappy and pinto beans? Why this 'low-brow' food pairs best with this high-end bourbon," 3 Mar. 2020 In one, Atkinson presents as a stuffy Church of England vicar, dressed in full vestments and reading the Canaan wedding story from John’s gospel. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Twitter Outrage at the Church of England’s Views on Sex," 24 Jan. 2020 Yet in this forbidding new world the country’s stuffiest, most remote and self-important newspaper somehow became a relatable, nimble and savvy digital vehicle for what on many days is the best journalism in the world. Karl Vick, Time, "How A.G. Sulzberger Is Leading the New York Times Into the Future," 10 Oct. 2019 First came the stuffy nose, followed by a sore throat, ear pain and headache. Matthias Gafni,, "Roosevelt revealed: Behind-the-scenes stories of sailors on the coronavirus-stricken carrier," 12 Apr. 2020 Do away with rigid hospital corners, which can feel too stuffy in a vacation home, and lean into the look of a perfectly undone bed. Jennifer Fernandez, ELLE Decor, "5 Ways to Transform Any Beach House into a Serene Tropical Oasis," 27 Nov. 2019 Awards season can be a bit stuffy, but that all changes with the Grammys. Glamour, "Grammys 2020: The Best-Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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3 May 2020

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“Stuffy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stuffy

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


\ 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 stuffiness (audio) \ noun

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