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Definition of Snuff


  1. The part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not.
  2. To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.
  3. To draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff.
  4. To perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell.
  5. To inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses.
  6. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offense.
  7. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.
  8. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once.
  9. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose.

Snuff Quotations

Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you're not quite up to snuff.
Alvin Ailey

Burn not thy fingers to snuff another man's candle.
James Howell

While we welcome people of all faiths in America we cannot be so naive as to expect all countries to do the same. But we cannot allow their cultural mores to snuff out our religious freedoms or the freedom of women to have equal rights.
Michael Huffington

To me, respect for human life begins with making it more difficult to obtain an inanimate object that is designed to snuff it out.
Jean Hanff Korelitz

I don't feel I have the right to snuff the lives of chicken and fish.
Douglas Hofstadter
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Snuff Translations

snuff in French is coryza
snuff in German is schnupfen, Butzen
snuff in Italian is raffreddore
snuff in Spanish is constipado, rape
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