stuffy

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adjective \ ˈstə-fē \

Definition of stuffy

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

Recent Examples of stuffy from the Web

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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 :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.

Medical Dictionary

stuffy

play
adjective \ ˈstəf-ē \

medical Definition of stuffy

stuffier; stuffiest
:affected with congestion
  • a stuffy nose

stuffiness

play \ˈstəf-ē-nəs\ noun


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