Snuff Definition

snŭf
snuffed, snuffing, snuffs
verb
snuffed, snuffing, snuffs
To extinguish.
Snuffed out the candles.
American Heritage
To use or inhale snuff.
American Heritage Medicine
To sniff or snort.
Webster's New World
To put a sudden end to.
Lives that were snuffed out by car accidents.
American Heritage
To put out (a candle) with snuffers or by pinching.
Webster's New World
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noun
snuffs
The charred end of a candlewick.
Webster's New World
The act of snuffing or the sound produced by it; a snuffle.
American Heritage
A preparation of powdered tobacco that is inhaled by sniffing, chewed, or rubbed on the gums.
Webster's New World
Smell; scent.
Webster's New World
A preparation of finely pulverized tobacco that can be drawn up into the nostrils by inhaling.
American Heritage Medicine
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adjective
Designating or of a kind of pornographic film that purports to show someone being murdered as the climax of sexual activity.
Webster's New World
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idiom
up to snuff
  • Normal in health.
  • Up to standard; adequate.
American Heritage
snuff out
  • to put out (a candle, etc.); extinguish
  • to bring to an end suddenly; destroy
Webster's New World
up to snuff
  • up to the usual standard, as in health, quality, etc.
  • not easily deceived; alert
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Snuff

Origin of Snuff

  • Middle English snoffen to snuff a candle, sniffle probably from snoffe snuff snuff2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch snuf short for snuftabak Dutch snuffen to sniff snuffle tabak tobacco

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Related to sniff. Cognate to Dutch snuffen (“to snuff").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English snoffe possibly of Low German origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain.

    From Wiktionary

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