\ 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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Her branding, however, feels more personal than that of a stuffy bureaucrat. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The Mayoral Merch Race Is Here," 11 May 2021 Emma’s function is merely to support Charlie and loosen up stuffy white people, and the lack of anything authentic for Haddish to riff on is palpable. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Billy Crystal neglects the other characters in the well-meaning ‘Here Today’," 5 May 2021 Idyl, finally, is breaking down those stuffy barriers. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, "Idyl’s Lab-Grown Diamonds Break Industry Barriers, Make High Jewelry Fun Again," 8 Apr. 2021 My pillow, an old, stuffy plush option, had become unsupportive after just a few years of use. Nina Huang, Southern Living, "I Tried the Customizable Pillow With Hundreds of Glowing Reviews—and My Neck Has Never Felt Better," 21 Apr. 2021 The rooms in the house, meanwhile, turned stuffy and hot in the tropical sun, and so the family spent most of their time socializing outdoors, in the shade of the trees. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "In South African architecture, women build on social justice," 20 Apr. 2021 Dass said watery eyes and a runny or stuffy nose are symptoms more often associated with allergies. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Seasonal allergies kicking your butt? Here's why it's one of the worst allergy seasons," 19 Apr. 2021 As memory foam tends to trap in heat, Skechers infuses their shoes with air-cooling technology so that your feet don’t feel stuffy. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best Skechers work shoe," 4 Apr. 2021 Worth noting that Esmé Bianco plays the first great new-for-TV character, the prostitute Ros, whose vibrant grin (and, yes, clothing-optional mentality) contrasts all the stuffy patrician grimacing. Darren Franich,, "The Game of Thrones series premiere took its time. The wannabes could learn something.," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stuffy

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2021

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“Stuffy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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

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

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