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Definition of "stuffy" [stuff•y]

  • Lacking sufficient ventilation; close. (adjective)
  • Having the respiratory passages blocked: a stuffy nose. (adjective)
  • Dull and boring: a stuffy lecture. (adjective)
  • Rigidly adhering to standards of conduct; strait-laced: "I went to one stuffy upper class dinner party on my first night & I go to another tonight” ( Evelyn Waugh). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stuffy" in a sentence
  • "While other college students are in stuffy classrooms, about a dozen are earning credit tending a Vermont farm."
  • "Mr. Guccione stressed to advertisers that Penthouse was not for pipe smokers in stuffy robes."
  • "This net work will show what it ` s viewers want to see African Americans clubbing it up, not in stuffy dances at round tables but in rowdy bars and questionable venues like an after game NBA Allstar Party."