Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or property of being stuffy, close, or musty: as, the stuffiness of a room.
- n. The condition of being stuffed, or stuffed up, as by a cold.
- n. uncountable The state or quality of being angry and obstinate.
- n. uncountable The state or quality of being poorly-ventilated and close.
- n. countable, rare The result or product of being stuffy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being stuffy.
- n. dull and pompous gravity
- n. state of obstruction or stoppage or air in the nose or throat
- n. the quality of being close and poorly ventilated
- From stuffy + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Wooden Shoon, 'as an appropriate introduction to a tragedy the scene of which was laid in Nineveh; the house seemed fairly full, and the air was heavy with that peculiar smell, a sort of doubtfully aromatic stuffiness, which is so grateful to the nostrils of playgoers.”
“It will be found that for the greater part of the year the chimney ventilator and the supply to the fire will materially prevent "stuffiness," and keep those disagreeable draughts under control, even although the room be lighted with a 3 light chandelier burning a large quantity of gas.”
“The other side, the new, desperate side that Mrs. Ellsworth's "stuffiness" had developed, was not looking for any means of escape; and this side had seized the upper hand since the alarm of the burglars in the Strand.”
“Yet, there is no arrogance, or "stuffiness" that is typically associated with many of our competitors.”
“saddle-bag" upholstery, the common Turkish carpet, and the mantel mirror with tasteless, tasselled draperies, "Nelson Smith" seemed to comprehend the deadly "stuffiness" of Annesley Grayle's existence.”
“I think you are exactly right when you say that Italy provided notable contrast to the stuffiness of the English and their class-bound mentality.”
“In school, however, he was stiff and formal with his classmates, projecting an aristocratic stuffiness.”
“At Isaac Mizrahi, also on Thursday, the designer said he was "going fancy" but casual, meaning upscale looks without stuffiness.”
“Produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese (Oscar winners for “The Departed”), “Victoria” goes out of its way to side step the usual stuffiness of period films, offering viewers an old story with a contemporary flair.”
“It gets directly to the root issues of the debate sans stuffiness or legalese.”
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