Definition of snuff noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//snʌf//
; NAmE NAmE//snʌf//
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  • [uncountable] tobacco in the form of a powder that people take by breathing it into their noses
  • Word Originnoun late Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch snuffen ‘to snuffle’. The noun dates from the late 17th cent. and is probably an abbreviation of Dutch snuftabak.Idioms
    up to snuff (North American English) (British English up to the mark)
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    as good as it/they should be synonym up to scratch
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: snuff