What does snuff mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snuffnoun

    the charred portion of a candlewick

  2. snuffnoun

    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time

  3. snuffnoun

    finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose

  4. sniff, snuffadjective

    sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose

  5. snuff, snuff-brown, mummy-brown, chukker-brownverb

    snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown

  6. snuff, snuffleverb

    sniff or smell inquiringly

  7. snuffverb

    inhale audibly through the nose

    "snuff coke"


  1. snuffnoun

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

  2. snuffnoun

    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. snuffverb

    To inhale through the nose.

  9. snuffnoun

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

  10. snuffnoun

    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. snuffverb

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

  13. snuffverb

    To kill a person; to snuff out.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SNUFFnoun

    Etymology: snuf, Dutch, snot.

    My great affliction,
    If I could bear longer, and not fall
    To quarrel with your opposeless wills,
    My snuff and loathed part of nature should
    Burn itself out. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    But dearest heart, and dearer image, stay!
    Alas! true joys at best are dreams enough:
    Though you stay here, you pass too fast away;
    For even at first life’s taper is a snuff. John Donne.

    The snuff-dishes shall be of pure gold. Ex. xxv. 38.

    If the liquor be of a close and glutinous consistency, it may burn without any snuff, as we see in camphire, and some other bituminous substances; and most of the ancient lamps were of this kind, because none have been found with such wicks. John Wilkins.

    To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace
    I’ th’ dungeon by a snuff. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    A torch, snuff and all, goes out in a moment, when dipped into the vapour. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    What hath been seen
    Either in snuffs or packings of the duke’s,
    Or the hard rein which both of them have borne
    Against the old kind king. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Jupiter took snuff at the contempt, and punished him: he sent him home again. Roger L'Estrange.

    Just where the breath of life his nostrils drew,
    A charge of snuff the wily virgin threw;
    The gnomes direct to ev’ry atom just
    The pungent grains of titillating dust. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Snuffverb

    Etymology: snuffen, Dutch.

    A heifer will put up her nose, and snuff in the air against rain. Francis Bacon.

    With delight he snuff’d the smell
    Of mortal change on earth. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite;
    But when he stands collected in his might,
    He roars and promises a more successful fight. Dryden.

    The youth,
    Who holds the nearest station to the light,
    Already seems to snuff the vital air,
    And leans just forward on a shining spear. John Dryden, Æn.

    My troops are mounted; their Numidian steeds
    Snuff up the wind, and long to scour the desart. Addison.

    My nag’s greatest fault was snuffing up the air about Brackdenstown, whereby he became such a lover of liberty, that I could scarce hold him in. Jonathan Swift.

    The cow looks up, and from afar can find
    The change of heav’n, and snuffs it in the wind. Dryden.

    For thee the bulls rebellow through the groves,
    And tempt the stream, and snuff their absent loves. Dryden.

    O’er all the blood-hound boasts superior skill,
    To scent, to view, to turn, and boldly kill!
    His fellows vain alarms rejects with scorn,
    True to the master’s voice, and learned horn:
    His nostrils oft, if ancient fame sing true,
    Trace the sly felon through the tainted dew:
    Once snuff’d, he follows with unalter’d aim,
    Nor odours lure him from the chosen game;
    Deep-mouth’d he thunders, and inflam’d he views,
    Springs on relentless, and to death pursues. Thomas Tickell.

    The late queen’s gentlewoman!
    To be her mistress’ mistress!
    This candle burns not clear: ’tis I must snuff it,
    And out it goes. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Against a communion-day our lamps should be better dressed, and our lights snuffed, and our religion more active. Jeremy Taylor, worthy Communicant.

    You have got
    An office for your talents fit,
    To snuff the lights, and stir the fire,
    And get a dinner for your hire. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Snuffverb

    The fury fires the pack, they snuff, they vent,
    And feed their hungry nostrils with the scent. John Dryden, Æn.

    Says Humpus, sir, my master bad me pray
    Your company to dine with him to-day:
    He snuffs, then follows, up the stairs he goes;
    Never pulls off his hat, nor cleans his shoes. King.

    Ye said, what a weariness is it, and ye have snuff’d at it. Mal. ii. 13.


  1. Snuff

    Snuff is a song by American heavy metal band Slipknot. Released as the fifth and final single from their fourth album All Hope Is Gone on September 28, 2009, the song charted at number two on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest-charted single to date, surpassing "Dead Memories". Roadrunner Records placed "Snuff" at number six for its greatest music videos of all time. The song was also nominated for Best Single at the Kerrang! Awards 2010, but lost to "Liquid Confidence" by You Me at Six. It is the final single released from the band with their full original lineup before the death of bassist Paul Gray who died eight months later after its release, and also the final single released before drummer Joey Jordison who was fired from the band four years later. During recent solo acoustic shows, Corey Taylor has performed an acoustic version of "Snuff" as a tribute to Paul Gray. "Snuff", "Psychosocial", "Dead Memories", "Wait and Bleed", "Sulfur", "Left Behind" and "Pulse of the Maggots" were released as downloadable songs in the Rock Band series.


  1. snuff

    Snuff is a form of powdered tobacco, typically scented, which is inhaled or "snuffed" into the nasal cavity. It was often used as an alternative to smoking. The term 'snuff' can also refer to a type of violent or gory movie or a verb meaning to extinguish something, like a flame.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snuffverb

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

  2. Snuffverb

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

  3. Snuffverb

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

  4. Snuffverb

    to perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell

  5. Snuffverb

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

  6. Snuffverb

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

  7. Snuffnoun

    the act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff

  8. Snuffnoun

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

  9. Snuffnoun

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

  10. Etymology: [OE. snuffen. See Snuff of a candle Snuff to sniff.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snuff

    snuf, v.i. to draw in air violently and noisily through the nose: to sniff: to smell at anything doubtfully: to take snuff into the nose.—v.t. to draw into the nose: to smell, to examine by smelling.—n. a powdered preparation of tobacco or other substance for snuffing, a pinch of such: a sniff: resentment, huff.—ns. Snuff′-box, a box for snuff; Snuff′-dip′ping, the habit of dipping a wetted stick into snuff and rubbing it on the gums; Snuff′er, one who snuffs; Snuff′iness, state of being snuffy.—v.i. Snuf′fle, to breathe hard through the nose.—n. the sound made by such: a nasal twang: cant.—n. Snuf′fler, one who snuffles or speaks through his nose when obstructed.—n.pl. Snuf′fles, nasal catarrh and consequent stoppage of the nose.—ns. Snuff′ling; Snuff′-mill, a machine for grinding tobacco into snuff; Snuff′-mull, a snuff-box; Snuff′-spoon, a spoon for taking snuff from a snuff-box; Snuff′-tāk′er, one who snuffs habitually; Snuff′-tāking.—adj. Snuff′y, soiled with, or smelling of, snuff.—Take a thing in snuff (Shak.), to take offence; Up to snuff, knowing, not likely to be taken in. [Dut. snuffen, snuf; Ger. schnaufen, to snuff.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snuff in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snuff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of snuff in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Palin:

    I don't think because the child has one extra chromosome they should be able to snuff that life out.

  2. President Trump:

    If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability, he started off great and then he didnt end up very great in terms of as a player. He was terrific in his rookie year, I think he was very good in his second year, and then something happened. So his playing wasnt up to snuff.

  3. Dave Preston:

    He must not laugh at his own wheeze. A snuff box has no right to sneeze.

  4. Lawanda Sykes:

    The person who did this to my sister, you are a coward, you tried to snuff her and take something that you ca n’t. She is stronger than you will ever be.

  5. Kyle Olson:

    This scorecard is nothing more than a justification of some bureaucrat’s job and an attempt to manipulate the data to make it appear such independent institutions aren’t up to snuff.

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