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Syllabification: stuff·y
Pronunciation: /ˈstəfē

Definition of stuffy in English:

adjective (stuffier, stuffiest)

1(Of a place) lacking fresh air or ventilation: a stuffy, overcrowded office
More example sentences
  • As Derek quickly entered my room, I felt the cool breeze enter behind him, bringing with it welcome fresh air into my stuffy room.
  • Since the room was stuffy and muggy without the air conditioner running all the time, just turning the thing off wasn't an option.
  • Bathrooms tend to be quite stuffy places, where even the hint of a bad smell will linger.
airless, close, musty, stale
1.1(Of a person’s nose) blocked up and making breathing difficult, typically as a result of illness.
Example sentences
  • For a portable and convenient inhalant put 1 drop each of the same oils on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale them whenever needed to ease laboured breathing and a stuffy nose.
  • One should be on watch for any soreness in the throat, a stuffy nose or congested chest because they are the early symptoms of the onset of disease.
  • Common symptoms include a runny and/or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and cough.
blocked, stuffed up, congested
1.2(Of a person) not receptive to new or unusual ideas and behavior; conventional and narrow-minded: he was steady and rather stuffy
More example sentences
  • Her children are grown, and want her to marry some old, boring, stuffy man who talks about his aches and pains a lot.
  • Kitchen gardeners are very often thought of as stuffy people, patiently planting seeds into precise rows and endlessly digging.
  • Then you just have a bunch of stuffy people, made even stuffier by their uncomfortable clothes, wandering around and lying about what a good time they are having.
staid, sedate, sober, prim, priggish, strait-laced, conformist, conservative, old-fashioned, governessy
informal square, straight, starchy, fuddy-duddy



Pronunciation: /ˈstəfəlē/
Example sentences
  • Those looks provide a rare smartened-up alternative to the boho and gypsy skirts and sandals that seem to have swallowed the high street recently, but without seeming stuffily formal, either.
  • They were also the first band to be played on Britain's Radio 1, 2, 3, and 4 all in one week, something quite unheard of in its day for the stuffily run government radio stations.
  • ‘We like to save these booths for larger parties,’ a waiter said stuffily.


Example sentences
  • A chiming grandfather clock is all that is lacking to complete a scene redolent of a bygone era framed by stuffiness and reserve.
  • Architectural projects underlined his power and status, no doubt, but the garden became a refuge, too, from the stuffiness of the formal halls and the clamour of the court.
  • Built in 1901, it played host to Edward VII on a number of occasions, and retains an air of exclusivity while at the same time avoiding any sense of stuffiness.

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