American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking sufficient ventilation; close.
- adj. Having the respiratory passages blocked: a stuffy nose.
- adj. Dull and boring: a stuffy lecture.
- adj. Rigidly adhering to standards of conduct; strait-laced: "I went to one stuffy upper class dinner party on my first night & I go to another tonight” ( Evelyn Waugh).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Close, as if from being stuffed and unaired; musty from closeness; oppressive to the head or lungs.
- Stuffed out; fat: said of a person.
- Affected as if by stuffing; muffled: said of the voice or speech.
- Made of good stuff; stout; resolute; mettlesome.
- Angry; sulky: obstinate.
- adj. Poorly ventilated; partially plugged.
- adj. Stout; mettlesome; resolute.
- adj. Angry and obstinate; sulky.
- adj. Boring, uninteresting, over-formal, pompous, very conventional.
- n. US, Canada, colloquial A stuffed animal or other plush toy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Scot. Stout; mettlesome; resolute.
- adj. United States Angry and obstinate; sulky.
- adj. Ill-ventilated; close.
- adj. lacking fresh air
- adj. affected with a sensation of stoppage or obstruction
- adj. excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull
“While other college students are in stuffy classrooms, about a dozen are earning credit tending a Vermont farm.”
“Mr. Guccione stressed to advertisers that Penthouse was not for pipe smokers in stuffy robes.”
“This net work will show what it ` s viewers want to see African Americans clubbing it up, not in stuffy dances at round tables but in rowdy bars and questionable venues like an after game NBA Allstar Party.”
“I am a highly educated, successful career woman who finally realized that we women are getting ripped off by the current culture and the educational establishment who is brainwashing us into a life of hectic, unfulfilling work in stuffy cubicles working long, stressful hours to earn enough so that we can "relax" on a beach somewhere.”
“Here she was shut up in her bedroom, which was stuffy from the afternoon sun that had been pouring into it, instead of out in the cool garden, and all because of Mr. Briggs.”
“But even this conservative - some would call it 'stuffy' - city (where men dress like insurance adjusters, according to GQ) has been dragged kicking and screaming into the Internet Age in which one's influence depends very much on the ability to produce information, manipulate symbols, construct narratives and leverage ideas.”
“i think it would be great for people who work in stuffy factories. but i personally would never wear one in public. by the way, they cost about 100 dollars. which is pretty pricey … or not, for keeping cool.”
“He was dedicated to reinvigorating an institution that the Guardian newspaper once described as stuffy and uninspired, “a bastion of sluggishness.””
“A stuffy is a baby crocodile mounted by a taxidermist to be sold as a souvenir.”
“And, let's be honest, getting called stuffy by NPR hurts.”
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