Meaning of SNUFF in English


I. ˈsnəf noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English snoffe

1. : the charred part of a candlewick

2. obsolete : the leavings of a cup or glass of liquor


a. obsolete : umbrage , pique , offense — usually used with take

b. chiefly Scotland : a fit of resentment or indignation : huff

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English snoffen, from snoffe, n.

transitive verb


a. : to crop the snuff of (a candle) by pinching or by the use of snuffers so as to brighten the light

b. : to extinguish by or as if by the use of snuffers : make extinct : put an end to : kill — usually used with out

just in case automation snuffs out their jobs — A.H.Raskin

2. obsolete : cleanse , purify

intransitive verb

1. : to become extinguished — usually used with out

the lighted wick gutters, snuffs out — Ernest Beaglehole

2. slang : die

I'll love 'er till I snuff it — C.J.Dennis

— often used with out

what a place to snuff out in — Elizabeth Bowen

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: akin to Dutch snoffen, snuffen to sniff, snuff, Middle Dutch snuven to sniff, snuff, snof head cold — more at snivel

transitive verb

1. : to draw in forcibly through the nostrils : sniff audibly

snuff up a solution of salt and water

snuff the fragrance of the clover

among the irises and roses … snuffing in … the delicious scent — Virginia Woolf

2. : to perceive or detect by smelling : scent , smell

3. : to sniff at in order to examine — used of an animal

intransitive verb

1. : to inhale through the nose noisily and forcibly : sniff or smell inquiringly

2. archaic : to sniff loudly in or as if in disgust

the enemies of the church rage and snuff — Joseph Hall

3. : to chew or inhale snuff : take snuff

smoked and snuffed almost to the hour of her death — Irish Digest

IV. noun

( -s )

: the act of snuffing : sniff , inhalation

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Dutch snuf (short for snuftabak, from snuffen to sniff + tabak tobacco) & snuif, short for snuiftabak, from snuiven to sniff (from Middle Dutch snuven ) + tabak


a. : a preparation of pulverized tobacco to be chewed, placed against the gums, or inhaled through the nostrils

b. : the amount of snuff taken at one time : pinch

2. : scent , smell , aroma , odor

3. or snuff brown : mummy brown 2b

- up to snuff

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

: to lightly buff (the grain side of leather) so as to remove grain imperfections

VII. ˈsnəf adjective

Etymology: snuff (II) (kill)

: characterized by the sensationalistic depiction of violence and especially violent death

snuff television

a snuff book

especially : featuring a real rather than a staged murder

snuff movies

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.