sniff·​ish ˈsni-fish How to pronounce sniffish (audio)
sniffishly adverb
sniffishness noun

Examples of sniffish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located across the street from the Manor, a 123-room faux-French extravaganza formerly owned by Aaron and Candy Spelling, Smith’s house appears almost to have been built in sniffish reaction to its neighbor. Robert Haskell, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 There was always an admixture of delight, which tempered any inclination to be sniffish about the Americana that Thiebaud painted. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sniffish was in 1923

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“Sniffish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


sniff·​ish ˈsnif-ish How to pronounce sniffish (audio)
: scornful, disdainful
a sniffish boss
sniffishly adverb

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