- Snuff is powdered tobacco that is chewed or inhaled by sniffing, or the charred end of a candlewick.
- An example of a snuff is tobacco that is sniffed or rubbed on the gums.
- An example of a snuff is the place where you would place the match to relight a candle.
- Snuff is defined as to put out the flame on a candle, or to inhale through the nose.
- An example of snuff is to stop a candle from burning.
- An example of snuff is to inhale smokeless tobacco.
snuff definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to trim off the charred end of (a candlewick)
- to put out (a candle) with snuffers or by pinching
- Slang to kill; murder
Origin: ME snuffen < the n.
- to draw in through the nose; inhale strongly; sniff
- to smell, sniff, or sniff at
Origin: ; from Middle Dutch snuffen ; from Germanic an unverified form snuf- ; from Indo-European an unverified form sneup ; from base an unverified form sneu-: see snout
- the act or sound of snuffing; sniff
- a preparation of powdered tobacco that is inhaled by sniffing, chewed, or rubbed on the gums
- smell; scent
snuff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb snuffed, snuff·ing, snuffs verb, transitive
- To inhale (something) audibly through the nose; sniff.
- To sense or examine by smelling; sniff at.
Origin: Middle English snoffen, to snuff a candle, sniffle, probably from snoffe, snuff; see snuff2.
- To extinguish: snuffed out the candles.
- To put a sudden end to: lives that were snuffed out by car accidents.
- Slang To kill; murder.
- To cut off the charred portion of (a candlewick).
Origin: Middle English snoffe, possibly of Low German origin.
- a. A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling. Also called smokeless tobacco.b. The quantity of this tobacco that is inhaled at a single time; a pinch.
- A powdery substance, such as a medicine, taken by inhaling.
Origin: Dutch snuf, short for snuftabak : Dutch snuffen, to sniff; see snuffle + tabak, tobacco.
snuff - Medical Definition
- A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
- A medicated powder inhaled through or blown into the nose.
snuff - Phrases/Idioms
- to put out (a candle, etc.); extinguish
- to bring to an end suddenly; destroy
up to snuff
- Informal up to the usual standard, as in health, quality, etc.
- Brit., Informal not easily deceived; alert
up to snuff
- Normal in health.
- Up to standard; adequate.