snuff
Pronunciation Noun

snuff

  1. Finely 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 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.
    • 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, University of Illinois Press, 1978, Chapter 5, p. 76,
      […] most of the women dipped snuff and of course had a spit-cup in the house.
  3. A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
  4. 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.
  6. (obsolete) Snot, mucus.
  7. (obsolete) Smell, scent, odour.
Translations Verb

snuff (snuffs, present participle snuffing; past and past participle snuffed)

  1. To inhale through the nose.
    • He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      Napoleon paced to and fro in silence, occasionally snuffing at the ground.
  2. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence.
    • Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff?
Noun

snuff

  1. The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which must be periodically removed).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 3, member 3:
      his memory stinks like the snuff of a candle when it is put out {{...}
    • 1731, Jonathan Swift, Directions to Servants
      If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
  2. (obsolete) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heeltaps.
  3. (slang) A murder.
  4. (attributive) A form of pornographic film which involves someone actually being murdered.
Verb

snuff (snuffs, present participle snuffing; past and past participle snuffed)

  1. To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
  2. (obsolete) To trim the burnt part of a candle wick.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, 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.
  3. (slang) To kill a person; to snuff out.
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