Meaning of SNUFF in English
/ snʌf; NAmE / verb , noun
■ verb [ vn ]
snuff sth (out) to stop a small flame from burning, especially by pressing it between your fingers or covering it with sth
( of an animal ) to smell sth by breathing in noisily through the nose :
[ v ]
The dogs were snuffing gently at my feet.
[also vn ]
- snuff it
- snuff sth out
[ U ] tobacco in the form of a powder that people take by breathing it into their noses
- up to snuff
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 .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005