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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Come on Dad. Don't be so stuffy!
▪ I wish I could escape from this stuffy little office.
▪ It's getting stuffy in here -- shall I open the window?
▪ The hotel room was hot and stuffy, and I woke up with a terrible headache.
▪ Victor was as old-fashioned as his father, and equally stuffy.
▪ A stuffy atmosphere, or one which is artificially heated, air-conditioned and lit, produces lethargy and depression.
▪ Georges is a stuffy individual who dresses in black tie just to watch Don Giovanni on television.
▪ The stuffy people finally listen to this genius, then they stand and applaud.
▪ The room was hot and stuffy.
▪ They stood around her in the stuffy room, aghast.
▪ You can find ways of taking advantage of good weather while others are shut in stuffy offices.
▪ You will not find a stuffy bureaucrat in him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stuffy \Stuff"y\, a.

  1. Stout; mettlesome; resolute. [Scot.]

  2. Angry and obstinate; sulky. [U. S.]

  3. Ill-ventilated; close.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, "full of stuff, full of substance" (obsolete); 1831 as "poorly ventilated;" from stuff (n.) + -y (2). Sense of "pompous, smug" is from 1895. Related: Stuffily; stuffiness.


a. 1 poorly ventilated; partially plugged. 2 stout; mettlesome; resolute. 3 angry and obstinate; sulky. 4 boring, uninteresting, over-formal, pompous, very conventional. n. (context US Canada colloquial often childish English) A stuffed animal or other plush toy.

  1. adj. lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke" [syn: airless, close, unaired]

  2. excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull; "why is the middle class so stodgy, so utterly without a sense of humor?"; "a stodgy dinner party" [syn: stodgy]

  3. [also: stuffiest, stuffier]


Stuffy is the nickname of:

  • Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding (1882-1970), British Royal Air Force air chief marshal
  • Stuffy McInnis (1890–1960), American Major League Baseball first baseman and manager
  • Norbert Mueller (1906-1956), Canadian Olympic ice hockey player
  • Stuffy Stewart (1894–1980), American professional baseball player
  • Stuffy McStuffins, the dragon toy in Doc McStuffins, an animated children's television series

Usage examples of "stuffy".

The thought of her rattling around the Metropole, as stuffy as it was expensive, or alone at Winterbourne Manor just waiting for Luke to come home was very depressing.

Whether I am safely wed to a stuffy old prude of a husband or chained to an equally overbearing prig of a brother.

They went out from the stuffy room, beyond the dusty street, and the jangling cars, and the gilt sign, and the shop full of dry-goods and notions, and the high desks in the office--out to the dim, cool forest, where Snowberry and Partridge-berry and Wood-Magic grow.

Mr Spang, and then he walked out through the glass door into the hot stuffy night and over the lawns to the Turquoise building and let himself into his room and locked the door behind him.

Jandol, but will this rather stuffy crowd here, Sayren Stund and company, tolerate even a zivilized you-know-what in their midst?

The heat of the wet suit, the strain of putting it on in the stuffy stateroom while the ship rolled in the swells, the stress of being ordered to win a war that might not be winnable were all building into a world-class migraine headache.

Good Lord knows that clergypersons have a stuffy enough reputation as it isbut take my advice and stay away from Privatetown.

I found myself, stiff and stuffy, on the platform at Flensburg, exchanging greetings with Davies.

Even a gadgety spy movie was better than sitting in his stuffy room with its thin walls, an inadvertent eavesdropper to the drinking parties and arguments in the other rooms.

Two-thirds of all colds are infectious, and due, not to cold pure air, but to foul, stuffy air, with the crop of germs that such air is almost certain to contain.

LAST TRAIN RIDE By Marianna Heusler The train was unreserved, stuffy, crowded.

The food was good, and its ambience was a little less stuffy than some Istrian cities, though she did not like its lord, and keeping track of the lads in a town that contained quite so many distractions could prove to be something of a problem.

So while he was busy playing mechanics with the Sherman turret and keeping his head down, the quads returned to the music operations centre Auntie Joan and Eva were baking cookies in the kitchen and Eva was saying how difficult Henry had become and how he needed a new job instead of being stuck at that stuffy old Tech and went quietly about their business.

The little group had returned to the tunnels of the Samia Range, spending a half-day getting there and another half picking their way through the cramped, stuffy darkness.

The five other astronauts, knowing him to be a rather stuffy straight arrow who never dallied with the groupies, were impressed by his willingness to defend them on a matter of principle, and they appreciated this.