Meaning of SNUFF in English


snuff 1

— snuffingly , adv.

/snuf/ , v.t.

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.


4. to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle: After snuffing around, he found the gas leak.

5. to draw powdered tobacco into the nostrils; take snuff.

6. Obs. to express disdain, contempt, displeasure, etc., by sniffing (often fol. by at ).


7. an act of snuffing; an inhalation through the nose; a sniff.

8. smell, scent, or odor.

9. a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostrils by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum.

10. a pinch of such tobacco.

11. up to snuff , Informal.

a. Brit. not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.

b. up to a certain standard; satisfactory: His performance wasn't up to snuff.

[ 1520-30; snuffen ]

snuff 2

/snuf/ , n.

1. the charred or partly consumed portion of a candlewick.

2. a thing of little or no value, esp. if left over.


3. to cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).

4. snuff out ,

a. to extinguish: to snuff out a candle.

b. to suppress; crush: to snuff out opposition.

c. Informal. to kill or murder: Many lives were snuffed out during the epidemic.

[ 1350-1400; ME snoffe ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .