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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The ship’s main dining room, Amorpha, was elegant without being stuffy. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "How a botched cruise turned into a free trip to Tahiti," 25 June 2019 Lastly, some picture cruises being stuffy, with everyone dressing formally each night for dinner. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "All Your Questions About Taking a Child on an Alaska Cruise, Answered," 20 June 2019 The heat of the summer, the stuffy and humid avenues — those were familiar. New York Times, "Yewande Komolafe’s 10 Essential Nigerian Recipes," 26 June 2019 Earlier this week, hundreds of mostly male, tribal leaders packed a large, stuffy hall in Khartoum for a Hemedti rally. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Activists were killed and women were raped. But some defiant Sudanese say their revolution isn't over yet," 20 June 2019 In Britain, climbing the Everest became an increasingly stuffy, official project, shaped by politicking in London. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019 Danny Scheie packs a lot of comedy into simple infection as Berenger’s stuffy boss. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 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

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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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