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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But he was constantly snuffed out by City's engine-room battlers.
▪ A stultifying inversion has snuffed out some of the most ambitious air-quality bills in the Legislature this year.
▪ What was it all about when some one like Mac could be snuffed out, just like that?
▪ I stopped suddenly, the rage, like a candle flame, snuffed out.
▪ The breath was knocked out of him, the spell scattered and snuffed out.
▪ John Henry threw his hammer and snuffed out the fuse.
▪ Any question of a coup or a move towards popular democracy had been snuffed out.
▪ But the canal era was nearing its end, snuffed out by the new railroads.
▪ He snuffed out the candle and, putting his face over the glass chimney of the lamp, blew out the flame.
▪ Method: Any random idiot knows how to snuff out a candle after a quick lick of the fingers.
▪ Any hopes of a comeback by the Raiders were snuffed at the start of the second half.
▪ How could anyone be so evil that they could snuff out the life of a young girl?
▪ But he was constantly snuffed out by City's engine-room battlers.
▪ Still, it took another gem, by third baseman Ken Caminiti, to snuff that threat.
▪ The breath was knocked out of him, the spell scattered and snuffed out.
▪ The Cowboys had tried to snuff them.
▪ Thompson took a fine ball from Pugh after 12 minutes and again raced clear but Swansea's defence snuffed out the danger.
▪ What was it all about when some one like Mac could be snuffed out, just like that?
▪ In his hands he holds a snuff box, shaped like a small quiver, and a thin stick.
▪ Many of Birmingham's population of artisans were occupied in producing trays and caddies, as well as snuff boxes for Virginia tobacco.
▪ Its use in the past included the manufacture of spoons and snuff boxes.
▪ But she dipped her thumb and forefinger into the bag and took out a pinch of snuff.
▪ I jumped up in fright and in the process knocked the snuff out of her hand.
▪ One of the mills still produces snuff.
▪ She'd taxed him with trading them for snuff, which was his passion, and he'd not denied it.
▪ She took a pinch of snuff in her hand and sprinkled it over the note murmuring something under her breath.
▪ The probably truth is that, like snuff, he regularly got up aristocratic noses.
▪ They never said anything about snuff, silverweed and horse-racing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Snuff \Snuff\, n.

  1. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.

  2. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once.

  3. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose. [Obs.]

    Snuff dipping. See Dipping, n., 5.

    Snuff taker, one who uses snuff by inhaling it through the nose.

    To take it in snuff, to be angry or offended.

    Up to snuff, not likely to be imposed upon; knowing; acute.


Snuff \Snuff\, n. [Cf. G. schnuppe candle snuff, schnuppen to snuff a candle (see Snuff, v. t., to snuff a candle), or cf. Snub, v. t.] 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.


Snuff \Snuff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snuffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Snuffing.] [OE. snuffen. See Snuff of a candle Snuff to sniff.] To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.

To snuff out, to extinguish by snuffing.


Snuff \Snuff\, v. t.[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.]

  1. To draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff.

    He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.

  2. To perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell.


Snuff \Snuff\, v. i.

  1. To inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses.

  2. 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?
    --Bp. Hall.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to cut or pinch off the burned part of a candle wick," mid-15c., from noun snoffe "burned part of a candle wick" (late 14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps related to snuff (v.2). The meaning "to die" is from 1865; that of "to kill" is from 1932; snuff-film, originally an urban legend, is from 1975.


"draw in through the nose," 1520s, from Dutch or Flemish snuffen "to sniff, snuff," related to Dutch snuiven "to sniff," from Proto-Germanic *snuf- (cognates: Middle High German snupfe, German Schnupfen "head-cold"), imitative of the sound of drawing air through the nose (see snout). Related: Snuffed; snuffing.


"powdered tobacco to be inhaled," 1680s, from Dutch or Flemish snuf, shortened form of snuftabak "snuff tobacco," from snuffen "to sniff, snuff" (see snuff (v.2)). The practice became fashionable in England c.1680. Slang phrase up to snuff "knowing, sharp, wide-awake, not likely to be deceived" is from 1811; the exact sense is obscure unless it refers to the "elevating" properties of snuff.


Etymology 1 n. 1 finely grind 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. 3 A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco. 4 The act of briskly inhale by the nose; a sniff, a snort. 5 resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling. 6 (context obsolete English) snot, mucus. 7 (context obsolete English) smell, scent, odour. vb. 1 To inhale through the nose. 2 To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence. Etymology 2

n. 1 The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed). 2 (context obsolete English) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps. 3 (context attributive English) Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered. vb. 1 To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated. 2 (context obsolete English) To trim the burnt part of a candle wick. 3 (context slang English) To kill a person; to snuff out.


adj. snuff colored; grayish to yellowish brown [syn: snuff-brown, mummy-brown, chukker-brown]

  1. n. the charred portion of a candlewick

  2. a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time

  3. finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose

  4. sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose [syn: sniff]

  1. v. sniff or smell inquiringly [syn: snuffle]

  2. inhale audibly through the nose; "snuff coke"

Snuff (film)

Snuff is a 1976 splatter horror film, and is most notorious for being marketed as if it were an actual snuff film. This picture contributed to the urban legend of snuff films, although the concept did not originate with it.

Snuff (band)

For the country rock band active in the early 1980s, see Snuff (country rock band)

Snuff are a British Hardcore Punk Rock band formed in Hendon in 1986. Their name reportedly came about after a long discussion about names ended up with one of them claiming "That's Enough", which was then shortened to Snuff. The original line-up was Duncan Redmonds on drums and vocals, Simon Wells on guitar and vocals and Andy Crighton on bass, with Dave Redmonds being added to the line-up on trombone before the release of Flibbiddydibbiddydob.

Snuff have released their material through a variety of independent record labels including their own, 10past12records, as well as on Fat Wreck Chords a label owned by Fat Mike of NOFX.

Snuff (tobacco)

Snuff is a smokeless tobacco made from ground or pulverised tobacco leaves. It is insufflated or "snuffed" into the nasal cavity, delivering a swift hit of nicotine and a lasting flavoured scent (especially if flavouring has been blended with the tobacco). Traditionally it is sniffed or inhaled lightly after a pinch of snuff is either placed onto the back surface of the hand, held pinched between thumb and index finger, or held by a specially made "snuffing" device.

It originated in the Americas and was in common use in Europe by the 17th century. Traditional snuff production consists of a lengthy, multi-step process, in tobacco snuff mills. The selected tobacco leaves are first subject to special tobacco curing or fermentation processes, where they will later provide the individual characteristics and flavour for each type of snuff blend. Snuff is usually scented or flavoured, with many blends of snuff requiring months to years of special storage to reach the required maturity. Typical traditional flavours are varieties of carefully blended tobacco leaves considered original "fine snuff" without any addition of scents or essences, varieties of spice, piquant, fruit, floral, and mentholated (also called "medicated") soon followed, either pure or in blends. Each snuff manufacturer usually has a variety of unique recipes and blends, as well as special recipes for individual customers. Common flavours also include coffee, chocolate, bordeaux, honey, vanilla, cherry, orange, apricot, plum, camphor, cinnamon, rose and spearmint. Modern flavours include Bourbon, Cola and whisky. Traditional classic German snuff blends are the piquant Schmalzler and Brasil.

Snuff comes in a range of texture and moistness, from very fine to coarse, and from toast (very dry) to very moist. Often drier snuffs are ground more finely. There is also a range of tobacco-free snuffs, such as Pöschl's Weiss (White), made from glucose powder or herbs. While strictly speaking these are not snuffs because they contain no tobacco, they are an alternative for those who wish to avoid nicotine, or for "cutting" a strong snuff to an acceptable strength.

Snuff (Palahniuk novel)

Snuff is a novel by Chuck Palahniuk that was released on May 20, 2008.

Snuff (Pratchett novel)

Snuff is the 39th novel in the Discworld series, written by Terry Pratchett. It was published on 11 October 2011 in the United States, and 13 October 2011 in the United Kingdom. The book is the third fastest selling novel in the United Kingdom since records began, having sold over 55,000 copies in the first three days.

The book is the eighth City Watch story and is based largely around Commander Sir Sam Vimes. Pratchett emphasized that the word 'snuff' has "at least two meanings".

Snuff (country rock band)

Snuff were an American country rock/ rockabilly band based in Southern Virginia and active during the 1970s and early 1980s. They released a pair of albums and scored a minor hit on the pop charts with "Bad, Bad Billy" in 1983.

Snuff (song)

"Snuff" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Slipknot. Released as the fifth single from their fourth album All Hope Is Gone on September 28, 2009, the song charted at number two on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest charted single to date, surpassing " Dead Memories". It was not included in the All Hope Is Gone World Tour setlist but the band performed the song live at the October 11, 2009 performance in Kennewick, Washington. The song is also available for free on

Roadrunner Records placed "Snuff" at No. 6 for its greatest music videos of all time. The song was also nominated for Best Single at the Kerrang! Awards 2010, but lost to " Liquid Confidence" by You Me at Six.

It is the final single released from the band before the death of their bassist, Paul Gray who died just eight months after its release, and also the final single release before Joey Jordison left the band four years later. During recent solo acoustic shows, Corey Taylor has performed an acoustic version of Snuff as a tribute to Paul Gray.

"Snuff", " Wait and Bleed", " Left Behind", and " Pulse of the Maggots" were released as downloadable songs in the Rock Band series.


Snuff may refer to:

  • Snuff (tobacco), fine-ground tobacco, intended for consumption by being inhaled or sniffed into the nose
    • Moist snuff or dipping tobacco
    • Creamy snuff, an Indian tobacco paste
  • Herbal smokeless tobacco
  • Snuff film, a type of film that shows an actual murder
  • Snuff (film), a 1976 splatter film
  • Snuff (wrestler)
  • "Snuff" (CSI), an episode of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Snuff (Palahniuk novel), a 2008 novel by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Snuff (Pratchett novel), a 2011 Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

In music:

  • Snuff (band), British band
  • Snuff (country rock band), Virginia-based band active in the early 1980s
  • "Snuff" (song), a song by Slipknot
  • "Snuff", a song by Slayer from World Painted Blood
  • Snuff Garrett (born 1938), American record producer

Usage examples of "snuff".

The somnolent Amar stirred, staggered to their feet and joined him in the blue mist, snuffing up smoke greedily, expelling it, sucking in more, till they all were reeling, the sap-smoke sending them higher than the quantities of pika-beer in their bellies.

The beshti set to bawling and rumbling, rubbing necks and heads and snuffing familiar scents, as happy as the rest of them, weary as the creatures were, and deserving of rest.

Jennings sat down on his own chair, snuffed his cigarette out in an ashtray, and immediately lit another, studying Becker all the while.

Do Otherwise Would Be To Surrender Everything The Cetacea Have Accomplished On This World, To Snuff Out In An Instant The Progress Of A Thousand Years.

When Spanish snuff is pure it is very good, but at the time I was in Spain the genuine article could hardly be bought for its weight in gold.

There was a certain mazy sobriety of demeanour about Mr Cupples all day long, as if in the presence of such serious things as books he was bound to be upon his good behaviour, and confine his dissipation to taking snuff in prodigious quantities.

Beyond the boundaries of her place lay the cutlery to be shared: the suckett forks, condiment spoons, Sugar shells, mote spoons, pickle forks, butter picks, nut picks, cheese scoops, horseradish spoons, and various others, not to be confused with the soup ladles, fish slicers, jelly servers, snuff spoons, and wick scissors to be wielded by the servants.

And then I could slooshy his bolshy lumpy boots beating off, him going huh huh huh into the darkmans, and it was only about seven seconds after that I slooshied the millicent-van draw up with a filthy great dropping siren-howl, like some bezoomny animal snuffing it.

She did not notice the portrait, but she agreed that my snuff was vastly superior to hers.

The bride was praising sir Dauphine, and he went away in snuff, and I followed him, unless he took offence at me in his drink erewhile, that I would not pledge all the horse full.

We jumped up and rounded the headland, expecting to find the fire snuffed out!

Too late to save Fayle and another victim, The Shadow had at least arrived in time to prevent Cardona and Patrick from falling prey to the snare that had snuffed out the lives of two men.

It would have been idiotic for him to run out on his wife, much less snuff her in the manner of Van Bonneville, a fact in which Eugenie Fonda took comfort.

Insipid foppling and fluttering, spinning his whirligig, or playing with his fingers as gaily and wittily as any Frenchified coxcomb brandishes his cane and rattles his snuff box.

The case contained a gold snuff-box, and a small quantity of Spanish snuff which had been left in it proved that it had been used.