how to pronounce snuff


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snuff is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of snuff in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… students up to snuff but they're being …”

meanings of snuff


  1. A murder.
  2. Snot, mucus.
  3. The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which must be periodically removed).
  4. The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
  5. A form of pornographic film which involves someone actually being murdered.
  6. Fine-ground or minced tobacco, dry or moistened, intended for use by placing a pinch behind the lip or beneath the tongue; see also snus.
  7. Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.
  8. Leavings in a glass after drinking; heeltaps.
  9. A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
  10. Smell, scent, odour.
  11. Finely ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.


  1. To inhale through the nose.
  2. To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
  3. To trim the burnt part of a candle wick.
  4. To kill a person; to snuff out.
  5. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence.

snuff frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word snuff occurs in english on average 1.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics snuff can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that snuff can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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