from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inhale (something) audibly through the nose; sniff.
- transitive v. To sense or examine by smelling; sniff at.
- intransitive v. To sniff; inhale.
- n. The act of snuffing or the sound produced by it; a snuffle.
- n. The charred portion of a candlewick.
- transitive v. To extinguish: snuffed out the candles.
- transitive v. To put a sudden end to: lives that were snuffed out by car accidents.
- transitive v. Slang To kill; murder.
- transitive v. To cut off the charred portion of (a candlewick).
- n. A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling. Also called smokeless tobacco.
- n. The quantity of this tobacco that is inhaled at a single time; a pinch.
- n. A powdery substance, such as a medicine, taken by inhaling.
- intransitive v. To use or inhale snuff.
- idiom up to snuff Informal Normal in health.
- idiom up to snuff Informal Up to standard; adequate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Finely ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.
- n. Fine-ground or minced tobacco, dry or moistened, intended for use by placing a pinch behind the lip or beneath the tongue; see also snus.
- n. A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
- n. The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
- n. Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.
- n. Snot, mucus.
- n. Smell, scent, odour.
- v. To inhale through the nose.
- n. The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed).
- n. Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps.
- n. Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered.
- v. To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
- v. To kill a person; to snuff out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not.
- transitive v. To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.
- transitive v. To draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff.
- transitive v. To perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell.
- intransitive v. To inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses.
- intransitive v. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offense.
- n. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.
- n. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once.
- n. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw in through the nose with the breath; inhale: as, to snuff the wind; to snuff tobacco.
- To scent; smell; take a sniff of: perceive by smelling.
- To examine by smelling; nose: said of an animal.
- To inhale air vigorously or audibly, as dogs and horses.
- To turn up the nose and inhale air, as in contempt or anger; sniff disdainfully or angrily.
- To smell; especially, to smell curiously or doubtfully.
- To take snuff into the nose. Compare to dip snuff, under dip, v. t.
- n. Inhalation by the nose; a sniff; also, a pinch of snuff.
- n. Smell; scent; odor.
- n. Offense; resentment; huff, expressed by a sniffing.
- n. A powdered preparation of tobacco taken into the nostrils by inhalation.
- n. In therapeutics, any powder with medicinal properties to be snuffed up into the nose.
- To crop the snuff of, as a candle; take off the end of the snuff from.
- n. The burning part of a candle- or lamp-wick, or the part which has been charred by the flame, whether burning or not.
- n. A candle almost burnt out, or one having a heavy snuff.
- n. In mining, same as smift.
- In currying, to smooth or put out with a sleeker. See to put out , under put, intransitive verb
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sniff or smell inquiringly
- n. the charred portion of a candlewick
- n. a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
- n. sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
- v. inhale audibly through the nose
- adj. snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown
- n. finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose
Middle English snoffen, to snuff a candle, sniffle, probably from snoffe, snuff; see snuff2.
Middle English snoffe, possibly of Low German origin.
Dutch snuf, short for snuftabak : Dutch snuffen, to sniff; see snuffle + tabak, tobacco.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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