Definition of sniffy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsnɪfi/

adjective (sniffier, sniffiest)

Scornful; contemptuous: some people are sniffy about tea bags
More example sentences
  • I know we terribly sophisticated Europeans tend to be very sniffy about America's obsession with 40-lane highways but (at least in my experience) you can get around the place.
  • That pride continued for much of the 20th century, as developing nations studied the broad-based Scottish model to create their own curricula, and sniffy comparisons were made to schools in England.
  • And what right do doctors have to be sniffy about the benefits of alternative therapies when their knowledge about the potential side-effects of the medication they are prescribing is so limited?



Example sentences
  • The film was a big commercial success (the 1944 cinema audience being overwhelmingly female) and although the male critical establishment was sniffily dismissive at the time, it has had a healthy afterlife in feminist film studies.
  • But prices were surprisingly robust, and despite the rough and ready surroundings - described sniffily by one person as ‘amateurish’ - both buyers and sellers were pleased with the day's proceedings.
  • The German editors sniffily note that the Soviet authors thought that the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's mountain retreat at Obersalzberg, was a ‘castle’.


Example sentences
  • In more than two years as an employee of a Scottish club he had never previously seemed so impassioned on behalf of his current home, or irked by the apparent sniffiness of some English attitudes towards its league championship.
  • That and his commitment to producing high art, with its attendant disdain of popular culture and even a sniffiness in relation to liberal democracy, have proved something of a turn-off for the reading public.
  • When I began reading his account, it's fair to say that I did so in an atmosphere of sniffiness.

Words that rhyme with sniffy

cliffy, iffy, jiffy, Liffey, niffy, spiffy, squiffy, whiffy

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