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

     

    snuff

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//snʌf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snʌf//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snuff
    BrE BrE//snʌf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snʌf//
     
    he / she / it snuffs
    BrE BrE//snʌfs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snʌfs//
     
    past simple snuffed
    BrE BrE//snʌft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snʌft//
     
    past participle snuffed
    BrE BrE//snʌft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//snʌft//
     
    -ing form snuffing
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌfɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌfɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] snuff something (out) to stop a small flame from burning, especially by pressing it between your fingers or covering it with something synonym extinguish
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] snuff (something) (of an animal) to smell something by breathing in noisily through the nose The dogs were snuffing gently at my feet.
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 late Middle English: of unknown origin. verb sense 2 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 (British English, slang, humorous) to die Phrasal Verbssnuff somethingout
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