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Snuff (verb neuter)

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To Snuff. v.n.

  1. To snort; to draw breath by the nose.

    The fury fires the pack, they snuff, they vent,
    And feed their hungry nostrils with the scent.
    Dryd. Æn.

    Says Humpus, sir, my master bad me pray
    Your company to dine with him to-day:
    He snuffs, then follows, up the stairs he goes;
    Never pulls off his hat, nor cleans his shoes.
    King.

  2. To snift in contempt.

    Ye said, what a weariness is it, and ye have snuff'd at it. Mal. ii. 13.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · King, William (13) · The Bible - Malachi (2)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Snuff (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15058.


  1. The last quote comes from Malachi i. 13., not ii. 13.

  2. Brandi on December 5th, 2013 at 7:18 am

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