Meaning of SNUFF in English

SNUFF

/ snʌf; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

snuff sth (out) to stop a small flame from burning, especially by pressing it between your fingers or covering it with sth

SYN extinguish

2.

( of an animal ) to smell sth by breathing in noisily through the nose :

[ v ]

The dogs were snuffing gently at my feet.

[also vn ]

IDIOMS

- snuff it

PHRASAL VERBS

- snuff sth out

■ noun

[ U ] tobacco in the form of a powder that people take by breathing it into their noses

IDIOMS

- up to snuff

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WORD ORIGIN

verb sense 1 and idsym. pvsym. late Middle English : of unknown origin.

noun and verb sense 2 late Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch snuffen to snuffle. The noun dates from the late 17th cent. and is probably an abbreviation of Dutch snuftabak .

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