There are 2 definitions of snuff in English:

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Pronunciation: /snʌf
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Extinguish (a candle or flame): a breeze snuffed out the candle
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    • My candle was snuffed out and I knew it would never relight again.
    • All the candles were snuffed out immediately and a strong smell of brimstone and myrrh filled the room.
    • Sure, the candle was snuffed out at one moment, but that could have been the wind.
    Synonyms
    extinguish, put out, douse, smother, choke, stamp out, blow out, quench, stub out, turn out, dampen, damp down
  • 1.1Trim the charred wick from (a candle).
  • 1.2 informal Kill or put an end to in an abrupt or sudden manner: his life was snuffed out by a sniper’s bullet
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    • But solid Warriors defence snuffs out the early threat.
    • He came back on the offensive but still the York side tackled hard to snuff out scoring chances.
    • Pakistan's hopes were snuffed out well before lunch after he struck in the very first ball of the day.
  • 1.3 [no object] (snuff it) British informal Die: the old girl’s snuffed it
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    • If she snuffs it, will normal television programmes be suspended and will there be a national Three Minute Silence?
    • They'll buy a house, turn it into their own personal nursing home and when the last of them snuffs it, the nurses get the house.
    • The family is in line for money left by Mother but not before the old boy upstairs snuffs it.

noun

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  • The charred part of a candle wick.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of snuff in English:

snuff2

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Pronunciation: /snʌf
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Powdered tobacco that is sniffed up the nostril rather than smoked: a pinch of snuff
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    • Eating out every other day or habits like chewing betel leaves, tobacco, taking snuff, smoking, and drinking take their toll on one's health and voice.
    • Although bubble gum and candy are also packaged to resemble snuff, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars, we do not know if similar evidence exists for such products or in other countries.
    • I would take my brown bag lunch down to Fish Creek behind the football field where I had smoked pot and done snuff back in my middle school.

verb

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  • 1Inhale or sniff at (something).
  • 1.1 [no object] archaic Sniff up powdered tobacco: they smoked and snuffed a great deal

Phrases

up to snuff

informal
  • 2 archaic Not easily deceived; knowing: an up-to-snuff old vagabond

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch snuffen 'to snuffle'. The noun dates from the late 17th century and is probably an abbreviation of Dutch snuftabak.

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