from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being snuffy, in any sense.


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  • The novelist George Meredith wrote about Beecher: "Guilty, or not guilty, there is a sickly snuffiness about the religious fry that makes the tale of their adulteries and fornications absolutely repulsive to read about… it disgusts one more than the chronicle of the amours of costermongers."

    Church Going

  • Any stoppage of mucus or snuffiness in the nose should be reported at once to baby's physician.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • Missal for twice that amount to some American collector; and they got a hazy notion that the old man must be well-to-do -- despite his snuffiness and shabbiness, and that his queer old shop, in the window of which there was rarely anything to be seen but a few ancient tomes, and two or three rare engravings, contained much that he could turn at an hour's notice into gold.

    The Talleyrand Maxim

  • Before the boy could find words to go on with what he was saying, or could check the choking sensation which rose in his throat, a clerk, the counterpart of his master, in respect of dinginess and snuffiness, entered with a handful of papers which required signing, and a huge folio under his arm.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs A Tale of Land and Sea


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