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1. to draw in through the nose by inhaling.
2. to perceive by or as by smelling; sniff.
3. to examine by smelling, as an animal does.
1. to draw air into the nostrils by inhaling, as to smell something; snuffle: After snuffing around, he found the gas leak.
2. to draw powdered tobacco into the nostrils; take snuff.
3. Obs.to express disdain, contempt, displeasure, etc., by sniffing (often fol. by at).
1. an act of snuffing; an inhalation through the nose; a sniff.
2. smell, scent, or odor.
3. a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostrils by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum.
4. a pinch of such tobacco.
5. up to snuff, Informal.
a. Brit.not easily imposed upon; shrewd; sharp.
b. up to a certain standard; satisfactory: His performance wasn't up to snuff.
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1. the charred or partly consumed portion of a candlewick.
2. a thing of little or no value, esp. if left over.
1. to cut off or remove the snuff of (candles, tapers, etc.).
2. snuff out,
a. to extinguish: to snuff out a candle.
b. to suppress; crush: to snuff out opposition.
c. Informal.to kill or murder: Many lives were snuffed out during the epidemic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.