Snuff-dipping

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Snuff-dipping the habit of dipping a wetted stick into snuff and rubbing it on the gums
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. snuffen, snuf; Ger. schnaufen, to snuff.

Usage

In literature:

And the women dip snuff, some of 'em.
"The Shepherd of the Hills" by Harold Bell Wright
A tallow dip which she neglected to snuff revealed the shameful misery of their hovel.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Occasionally Mr. Winscombe's tenuous fingers dipped into a snuff box of black enamel and brilliants, and he lifted his hand languidly.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
I saw wimen who disdained stockins and dipped snuff, and I felt to home.
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
Is he a tall man, with a hooked nose; and does he dip snuff?
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
Is it where ladies 'dip' and snuff, And white men feed on dirt enough?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
She dipped snuff openly before friends of the girls and new acquaintances alike.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Jack dipped his fingers into the snuff-box with all the coolness and as great an air as he could command.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
If they did not dip snuff, they certainly chewed gum, a practice in which Dick himself indulged.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
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In news:

My grandmother dipped snuff .
A lot of the women of my childhood dipped snuff .
My granny said there wasn't a thing in the world that couldn't be made right with a dip of snuff .
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