verb (used with object)
to draw in through the nose by inhaling.
to perceive by or as by smelling; sniff.
to examine by smelling, as an animal does.
verb (used without object)
to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle:
After snuffing around, he found the gas leak.
to draw powdered tobacco into the nostrils; take snuff.
Obsolete. to express disdain, contempt, displeasure, etc., by sniffing (often followed by at).
an act of snuffing; an inhalation through the nose; a sniff.
smell, scent, or odor.
a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostrils by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum.
a pinch of such tobacco.
up to snuff, Informal.
British. not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.
up to a certain standard; satisfactory:
His performance wasn’t up to snuff.
the charred or partly consumed portion of a candlewick.
a thing of little or no value, especially if left over.
verb (used with object)
to cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).
to snuff out a candle.
to suppress; crush:
to snuff out opposition.
Informal. to kill or murder:
Many lives were snuffed out during the epidemic.
(transitive) to inhale through the nose
when intr, often foll by at. (esp of an animal) to examine by sniffing
an act or the sound of snuffing
finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing
a small amount of this
any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils
(informal) up to snuff
in good health or in good condition
(mainly Brit) not easily deceived
(intransitive) to use or inhale snuff
(often foll by out) to extinguish (a light from a naked flame, esp a candle)
to cut off the charred part of (the wick of a candle, etc)
(usually foll by out) (informal) to suppress; put an end to
(Brit, informal) snuff it, to die
the burned portion of the wick of a candle
v. snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs
To inhale something audibly through the nose; sniff. n.
A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
A medicated powder inhaled through or blown into the nose.
In addition to the idiom beginning with snuff
noun 1. a box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket. noun 1. a container, often of elaborate ornamental design, for holding small quantities of snuff
noun 1. the practice of absorbing nicotine by holding in one’s mouth, between the cheek and the gum, a small amount of tobacco, either loose or enclosed in a sachet
verb (used with object) 1. to draw in through the nose by inhaling. 2. to perceive by or as by smelling; sniff. 3. to examine by smelling, as an animal does. verb (used without object) 4. to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle: After snuffing around, he found the […]
noun 1. a person who snuffs or sniffs. 2. a person who takes snuff. noun 1. candlesnuffer. 2. extinguisher (def 3). 3. a person who snuffs candles. noun 1. a cone-shaped implement for extinguishing candles 2. (pl) an instrument resembling a pair of scissors for trimming the wick or extinguishing the flame of a candle […]