Definition of stuffy in English:


adjectivestuffier, stuffiest

  • 1(of a place) lacking fresh air or ventilation.

    ‘a stuffy, overcrowded office’
    • ‘As Derek quickly entered my room, I felt the cool breeze enter behind him, bringing with it welcome fresh air into my stuffy room.’
    • ‘In a stuffy room deep in the bowels of the Stade de France, the 100m and 200m champion was seated in front of 250 journalists, trying to convince them that she deserved to hang on to her gold medals.’
    • ‘In a stuffy room on the third floor of an ageing hotel behind an ice cream parlour in a smart Lahore suburb yesterday sat the men who threaten to bring Pakistan to its knees.’
    • ‘Cortleno opened the window by the door, admitting a warm breeze into the stuffy room.’
    • ‘Since the room was stuffy and muggy without the air conditioner running all the time, just turning the thing off wasn't an option.’
    • ‘The room is stuffy so I take off my jacket and place it on my chair.’
    • ‘The room was stuffy and hot, despite the chilly wind howling and moaning outside.’
    • ‘She rapped the solid oak door three times, before turning the golden handle and entering the stuffy room.’
    • ‘When I had finally gotten out of the stuffy room a large mess and a broom, dustpan and garbage bin were waiting for me.’
    • ‘Kelvin didn't talk to those whom he shared this stuffy room with, neither did they talk much to him.’
    • ‘This is different from those stuffy rooms in other restaurants, compartments here have a big round window in each wall and large straw curtains.’
    • ‘Bathrooms tend to be quite stuffy places, where even the hint of a bad smell will linger.’
    • ‘She sits in a dark, stuffy room, only vaguely aware of her surroundings.’
    • ‘She was in what appeared to be a darkened room of some sort; a small, stuffy room full of grey, dusty objects.’
    • ‘She couldn't wait to get out of that stuffy room she had been in for what seemed like an eternity.’
    • ‘Me and Simone were in a corner of the stuffy room, warily glancing at all the models as if they were about to attack.’
    • ‘Number two, I don't know why you'd wish to spend your birthday in a small, stuffy room like this one when you could be up in the fresh, cool air.’
    • ‘I need better headphones for this stuff since mine's are like obscure foreign language classes way back in stuffy rooms.’
    • ‘In a crowded, stuffy room, overhead fans strained to circulate the inert air.’
    • ‘My book has been translated into German and yet the audience crammed in a stuffy room at the British Council offices are flicking through the English language edition.’
    airless, close, muggy, sultry, heavy, musty, stale, frowzy
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's nose) blocked up and making breathing difficult.
      ‘inhaling vapour from a bowl of hot water may help to clear a stuffy nose’
      • ‘For a portable and convenient inhalant put 1 drop each of the same oils on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale them whenever needed to ease laboured breathing and a stuffy nose.’
      • ‘When you've got a stuffy nose, you put some hot water and a couple of drops of the medicine that comes with it into the inhaler.’
      • ‘I had a huge head ach and my nose was stuffy, I might be complaining but all I wanted to do was sleep.’
      • ‘For most people, cold and flu season means suffering the temporary annoyances of a stuffy nose, a sore throat or a bad cough.’
      • ‘Often, other signs and symptoms - such as a cough, sore throat or fever - accompany a stuffy nose that's caused by a virus.’
      • ‘Eucalyptus oil is excellent for clearing a stuffy nose and for relieving muscular pain.’
      • ‘DeLaney recommended that she give up all wheat and dairy, in case her stuffy nose was caused by allergies to those foods, and forgo the beer she drank daily after work.’
      • ‘Common symptoms include a runny and/or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and cough.’
      • ‘Lloyd's big problem is that he has a stuffy nose.’
      • ‘The first symptoms are usually like a cold: stuffy nose, runny nose, and mild cough.’
      • ‘If you just have a stuffy nose or sore throat, you have the green light to work out, although you may want to avoid the gym out of consideration for others.’
      • ‘According to the manufacturer, the most commonly reported side effects are headache, flushing, and stuffy or runny nose.’
      • ‘One should be on watch for any soreness in the throat, a stuffy nose or congested chest because they are the early symptoms of the onset of disease.’
      • ‘Does anyone in the family have frequent headaches, fevers, itchy watery eyes, a stuffy nose, dry throat, or a cough?’
      • ‘She sniffled, since her nose was stuffy now, and she laid down on the mattress that Chad had pointed out for her.’
      • ‘The flu may cause fever, cough, sore throat, a runny nose or a stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness.’
      • ‘Ask your child's doctor about ways to treat the symptoms that are making your child uncomfortable, such as a stuffy nose or scratchy throat, without the use of antibiotics.’
      • ‘The first symptoms of a cold are often a tickle in the throat, a runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing.’
      • ‘Side-effects with these treatments tend to be minor and include headaches, nausea, indigestion and a stuffy nose.’
      • ‘Chocolate candy might not taste as good if you have a cold and a stuffy nose.’
      blocked, stuffed up, bunged up
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  • 2(of a person) not receptive to new or unusual ideas; conventional and narrow-minded.

    ‘he was steady and rather stuffy’
    • ‘Kitchen gardeners are very often thought of as stuffy people, patiently planting seeds into precise rows and endlessly digging.’
    • ‘Beethoven was born in a small, stuffy town in northern Germany in 1770.’
    • ‘New England in the 19th century was the apex of conformity: staid, stuffy and abstemious.’
    • ‘Then you just have a bunch of stuffy people, made even stuffier by their uncomfortable clothes, wandering around and lying about what a good time they are having.’
    • ‘The new arrival with an irreverent approach to the stuffy conventions and personnel of Parliament made an immediate impression.’
    • ‘Honestly, nothing but a group of old, stuffy men gathering to talk about things they talk about every other day of the year.’
    • ‘Mr. Smith is a stuffy lawyer, unassuming, straight-laced, reliable - traits that make him a trustworthy friend.’
    • ‘Alternatively, if the opening speaker is dry, stuffy, boring, or pompous, it gives every other speaker less momentum to work with.’
    • ‘In particular, people had remarkably stuffy ideas about sexual behaviour.’
    • ‘The writer of this article is a professor, wrapped up in the stuffy world of academia.’
    • ‘Ask him to tell you about his toys and it is even easier to believe he really is in this business for the sheer joy of doing what he does best - breaking new frontiers in the stuffy world of insurance.’
    • ‘Her children are grown, and want her to marry some old, boring, stuffy man who talks about his aches and pains a lot.’
    • ‘At first glance he seemed like such a stuffy person, even cantankerous at times.’
    • ‘‘Oh come on Wills,’ Blake tries to get our occasionally stuffy friend to loosen up.’
    • ‘Well, election season politics isn't all about stuffy guys in shirts - well, it mostly is.’
    • ‘Far from the new media having overthrown the stuffy conventions of the ‘old media,’ the mores of ‘professional’ print journalists still hold sway.’
    • ‘Friends describe Ojjeh as funny, intelligent and chatty, who brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy world of French politics.’
    • ‘The Countryside Party could bring a breath of fresh, country air into the stuffy world of British politics.’
    • ‘Since the nineteenth century many an artist has claimed that he fought the good fight against stuffy conventionalism by baiting the bourgeois.’
    • ‘I didn't like being in the house with all those stuffy people, especially because they frowned upon my style and that I didn't want to be part of the elite.’
    staid, sedate, sober, stiff, reserved, impersonal, formal, pompous, prim, priggish, fogeyish, strait-laced, conformist, conventional, conservative, old-fashioned, of the old school
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