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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to draw in through the nose by inhaling.

    Category: Physiology

  2. to perceive by or as if by smelling; sniff.

    Category: Physiology

  3. to examine by smelling, as an animal does.

  4. (v.i.)to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle.

  5. to take snuff into the nostrils.

  6. Obs. to express contempt or displeasure by sniffing (often fol. by at).

  7. (n.)an act of snuffing; a sniff.

    Category: Physiology

  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.

Idioms for snuff:

  1. up to snuff, Informal. up to a certain standard; satisfactory. Brit. not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.

    Category: Idiom, Informal, British

Origin of snuff:

1520–30; < D snuffen


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

  2. (v.t.)to cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).

  3. snuff out, to extinguish. to suppress; crush. Slang. to kill or murder.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of snuff:

1350–1400; ME snoffe, akin to MD snuf, snof, MLG snūve head cold

Princeton's WordNet

  1. snuff(noun)

    the charred portion of a candlewick

  2. snuff(noun)

    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time

  3. snuff(noun)

    finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose

  4. sniff, snuff(adj)

    sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose

  5. snuff, snuff-brown, mummy-brown, chukker-brown(verb)

    snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown

  6. snuff, snuffle(verb)

    sniff or smell inquiringly

  7. snuff(verb)

    inhale audibly through the nose

    "snuff coke"


  1. snuff(Noun)

    Finely ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.

  2. snuff(Noun)

    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.

  3. snuff

    A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.

  4. snuff

    The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.

  5. snuff

    Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.

  6. snuff

    Snot, mucus.

  7. snuff

    Smell, scent, odour.

  8. snuff(Verb)

    To inhale through the nose.

  9. snuff(Noun)

    The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed).

  10. snuff(Noun)

    Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps.

  11. snuff

    Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered.

  12. snuff(Verb)

    To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.

  13. snuff(Verb)

    To kill a person; to snuff out.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snuff(verb)

    the part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not

  2. Snuff(verb)

    to crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of

  3. Snuff(verb)

    to draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff

  4. Snuff(verb)

    to perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell

  5. Snuff(verb)

    to inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses

  6. Snuff(verb)

    to turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offense

  7. Snuff(noun)

    the act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff

  8. Snuff(noun)

    pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once

  9. Snuff(noun)

    resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose

Translations for snuff

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


powdered tobacco for sniffing up into the nose

He took a pinch of snuff.

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