Definition of stuffy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstəfē/

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
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstəfēnis/
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.

Words that rhyme with stuffy

fluffy, huffy, puffy, roughie, roughy, scruffy, snuffy, toughie

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Syllabification: stuff·y

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