from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Informal Disposed to showing arrogance or contempt; haughty.
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- adj. Disdainful; haughty.
- adj. characterised by sniffing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to sniffing; inclined to be scornful or disdainful; pettish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
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Likewise, my exquisite abode in sniffy San Miguel.
The only man with whom she had ever come in contact was her uncle, and he might have been described as a sniffy old man with a cold;
Well — kind of sniffy on personal lines, like he made work about the place and was late for meals.
Walter's case in the least, and that when they met the next time her manner towards him was what some persons term "sniffy," which was a manner Walter could not and would not abide.
Could have also been 'sniffy' as in sniffing for scent.
Bobby McFerrin, LondonHardline jazz fans, and not a few players too, can be pretty sniffy about singers, but nobody's sniffy about Bobby McFerrin.
I keep trying to stop myself being sniffy about this.
If you're sniffy about internet dating, there are a million other websites where you can get chatting with people of similar interests and goals, thousands of whom will be single.
(His sniffy response when The Corrections was selected for Oprah's Book Club led to Oprah Winfrey rescinding her invitation.)
Standard PCC critics? politicians, pressure group organisers, sniffy journalists, lawyers with a fee hole to fill? often talk as though "lay" was some kind of superior state rather than describing open minds unsullied by practical experience.