Snuffy vs Snuffs - What's the difference?

snuffy | snuffs |

As an adjective snuffy

is soiled with snuff.

As a verb snuffs is





(en adjective)
  • Soiled with snuff.
  • (obsolete, Scotland) Sulky; angry; vexed.
  • (Jamieson)




  • (snuff)

  • snuff


    Etymology 1

    Related to .


  • Finely]] [[grind, ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.
  • 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.
  • * 1896 , Universal Dictionary of the English Language :
  • Dry snuffs' are often adulterated with quicklime, and moist ' snuffs , as rappee, with ammonia, hellebore, pearl-ash, etc.
  • A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
  • The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
  • Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.
  • (obsolete) Snot, mucus.
  • (obsolete) Smell, scent, odour.
  • Derived terms
    * up to snuff


    (en verb)
  • To inhale through the nose.
  • * Dryden
  • He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.
  • *
  • Napoleon paced to and fro in silence, occasionally snuffing at the ground.
  • To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence.
  • * Bishop Hall
  • Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff ?

    Etymology 2

    Origin uncertain.


  • The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed).
  • *, II.3.3:
  • his memory stinks like the snuff of a candle when it is put out […].
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
  • (obsolete) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps.
  • (attributive) Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered.
  • Derived terms
    * snuff-dish * snuff film * snuff movie * snuffter


    (en verb)
  • To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
  • (obsolete) To trim the burnt part of a candle wick.
  • * 1817 , , Northanger Abbey , []:
  • The dimness of the light her candle emitted made her turn to it in alarm; but there was no danger of its sudden extinction, it had yet some hours to burn; and that she might not have any greater difficulty in distinguishing the writing than what its ancient date might occasion, she hastily snuffed' it. Alas! it was ' snuffed and extinguished in one.
  • (slang) To kill a person; to snuff out.
  • Derived terms
    * snuffer * snuff it * snuff out