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Etymology 1

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Noun

Singular
snuff

Plural
-

snuff (-)
  1. Fine-ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.
  2. Fine-ground or minced tobacco, dry or moistened, intended for use by placing a pinch ('placing a pinch' = dipping) behind the lip or beneath the tongue.
    Dry snuffs are often adulterated with quicklime, and moist snuffs, as rappee, with ammonia, hellebore, pearl-ash, etc. (Quote from Universal Dictionary of the English Language [UDE], 1896.)
  3. A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco. This term is in current use among snuff users.
  4. (idiomatic) The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
  5. Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling. Cf huff (quickly puffing air from the nose or mouth).
  6. (obsolete) Snot, mucus.
  7. (obsolete) Smell, scent, odour.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to snuff

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to snuff (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To inhale through the nose

Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
snuff

Plural
-

snuff (-)
  1. The burning part of a candle wick, or that which has been charrred by the flame, whether burning or not. (Quote from Universal Dictionary of the English Language [UDE], 1896.) This term is in current use in the candle-making and candle-marketing industry.
  2. (obsolete) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps. (Quote from UDE)
Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to snuff

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to snuff (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
  2. (slang) To kill a person engaged in sexual intercourse; to snuff out.
Derived terms

Adjective

snuff (not comparable)

Positive
snuff

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Relating to death
Derived terms

References

  • Universal English Dictionary 1896, especially for obsolete and dated senses.

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