snuff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj snuff snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown
    • v snuff inhale audibly through the nose "snuff coke"
    • v snuff sniff or smell inquiringly
    • n snuff sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
    • n snuff finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose
    • n snuff a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
    • n snuff the charred portion of a candlewick
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to excommunicate snuff users.
    • Snuff Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once.
    • Snuff Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose.
    • Snuff The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.
    • n Snuff The part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not. "If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup."
    • v. t Snuff To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.
    • Snuff To draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff. "He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite."
    • Snuff To inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses.
    • Snuff To perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell.
    • Snuff To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offense. "Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Catherine de Medici was the first woman in Europe to use tobacco. She took it in a mixture of snuff.
    • snuff To draw in through the nose with the breath; inhale: as, to snuff the wind; to snuff tobacco.
    • snuff To scent; smell; take a sniff of: perceive by smelling.
    • snuff To examine by smelling; nose: said of an animal.
    • snuff To inhale air vigorously or audibly, as dogs and horses.
    • snuff To turn up the nose and inhale air, as in contempt or anger; sniff disdainfully or angrily.
    • snuff To smell; especially, to smell curiously or doubtfully.
    • snuff To take snuff into the nose. Compare to dip snuff, under dip, v. t.
    • n snuff Inhalation by the nose; a sniff; also, a pinch of snuff.
    • n snuff Smell; scent; odor.
    • n snuff Offense; resentment; huff, expressed by a sniffing.
    • n snuff A powdered preparation of tobacco taken into the nostrils by inhalation. It is made by grinding, in mortars or mills, the chopped leaves and stalks of tobacco in which fermentation has been induced by moisture and warmth. The tobacco is well dried previous to grinding, and this is carried sometimes so far as to give the peculiar flavor of the high-dried snuffs, such as the Irish, Welsh, and Scotch. Some varieties, as the rappees, are moist. The admixture of different flavoring agents and delicate scents has given rise to fanciful names for snuffs, which, the flavor excepted, are identical. Dry snuffs are often adulterated with quicklime, and the moist kinds with ammonia, hellebore, pearl-ash, etc.
    • n snuff In therapeutics, any powder with medicinal properties to be snuffed up into the nose.
    • snuff To crop the snuff of, as a candle; take off the end of the snuff from.
    • n snuff The burning part of a candle- or lamp-wick, or the part which has been charred by the flame, whether burning or not.
    • n snuff A candle almost burnt out, or one having a heavy snuff.
    • n snuff In mining, same as smift.
    • snuff In currying, to smooth or put out with a sleeker. See to put out , under put, intransitive verb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snuff snuf 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 Snuff to draw into the nose: to smell, to examine by smelling
    • n Snuff a powdered preparation of tobacco or other substance for snuffing, a pinch of such: a sniff: resentment, huff
    • n Snuff the sound made by such: a nasal twang: cant
    • v.t Snuff snuf to crop or pinch the snuff from, as a burning candle
    • n Snuff the charred portion of a candle or lamp-wick: a candle almost burnt out
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.”
  • Gerald Brenan
    Gerald Brenan
    “Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.”

Idioms

Dry as snuff - If something is as dry as snuff, it is very dry indeed.
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Up to snuff - If something isn't up to snuff, it doesn't meet the standard expected.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. snuffen, G. schnupfen, schnuppen, to snuff, schnupfen, a cold in the head, schnuppen, to snuff (air), also, to snuff (a candle). Cf. Sniff Snout Snub (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

The old earl took snuff with extreme deliberateness.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
There were my ballads, my Ab Gwilym, but then I thought of Taggart and his snuff, his pinch of snuff.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
There were my ballads, my Ab Gwilym; but then I thought of Taggart and his snuff, his pinch of snuff.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
His snuff-boxes were numerous and costly.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
The three gentlemen looked at each other and took snuff from the Doctor's gold box.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
Rum-drinking will not cease, till tobacco-chewing, and tobacco-smoking, and snuff-taking, shall cease.
"A Disquisition on the Evils of Using Tobacco" by Orin Fowler
Look you here, cousin, here's a snuff-box; nay, there's snuff in't: here, will you have any?
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
They divided the business between them Mr. Morgridge attending to the snuff department, Mr. Mit to the cigar and pipe branch.
"Seven Little People and their Friends" by Horace Elisha Scudder
If any of you have a pinch of snuff to offer me now, I should be obliged to you.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
For maybe a full minute there was a dead silence, while Raikes stared down at the locket, and Mr. Tawnish took a pinch of snuff.
"The Honourable Mr. Tawnish" by Jeffery Farnol
Pecuchet imagined that taking snuff was fatal.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Strange people come through, took our snuff and tobacco.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
In the days when snuff-taking was a commoner practice than it is now, the ornamental snuff box was the chosen gift to men of fame.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
He was particularly generous with his snuff.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
If I called him while I had my snuff-box in my hand, he would come to me, pretending to sneeze the whole of the time.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
But it'd be better that you'd just leave us alone to go out like the snuff of a candle.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
I sent 'im to town to buy some snuff.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
If a person liked any thing, if he took snuff heartily, it was sufficient.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
I have no doubt he asked for his snuff-box, for the snuff-box was produced, and he took a large pinch of snuff.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He got out safely, and then put his nose down to snuff at the ground.
"Bear Brownie" by H. P. Robinson
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In poetry:

You and I have little care
How the “precious moments” pass
While we snuff the drowsy air
Rich in fragrance of the grass.
"Lali" by John Le Gay Brereton
Just think, if your lovers should dare
To rob your red lips of a kiss,
And for honey, find snuff hidden there,
'Twould deprive you of Love's sweetest bliss!
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
"He has the Snuff; but it were well
If Granny had it too!
For early closes such a day,
And wild and dreary is the way;
If dark before he reach the Dell,
What can poor Willie do?
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
"At length with many a danger passed,
Unboding worse to come,
He has got the Snuff. Far more than food,
Or wine, 'twill warm her poor old blood.
He has it safe at last, at last!
And sets his face for Home.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
"There in his grave alive, he knew
He stood, or sat upright!
With burning brain, and freezing feet:
And he so young, and life so sweet;
And, bitter thought! what would Gran do
Without her snuff that night?
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
"He still fought on, for though the Storm
Might bend him, he was tough;
And when the Blast would take his breath,
With kisses like the kiss of death,
One thought still kept his courage warm—
It was Grandmother's Snuff!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

A southern New Jersey police officer says a state lawmaker helped snuff out a fire that could have severely damaged her home.
(AP) — A southern New Jersey police officer says a state lawmaker helped snuff out a fire that could have severely damaged her home.
Now Westminster College will be the next one to snuff out the smoke.
If you're worried that your murdering skills won't be up to snuff for the zombie apocalypse, invest in some Bleeding Zombie Targets.
Museum worker finds missing snuff box .
Museum worker finds missing snuff box.
Don 't snuff the Pumpkin Parade.
Winterthur Museum Garden and Library has announced that the missing snuff box has been found.
The snuff box was found by a Winterthur staff member and was located in a place where it had never been exhibited.
Waco firefighters responded to a call Saturday and found what appeared to be about an ounce of mercury in a can of snuff on the side of the road, officials said.
Supporters of medical marijuana appeared caught off guard by Sutter County's move to snuff out an identification card program for medicinal users.
As evolved as we like to think we are, able to own and snuff out aspects of our personality when we think we need to, we usually need some sort of painful push for change to initiate.
Winthrop University may snuff smokers.
Learn how to snuff them out.
' Sinister ' review: Snuff stuff.
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In science:

DA] The entire 4 GeV programme would probably be the first thing to get dropped if the 10 GeV luminosity wasn’t up to snuff.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
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