snuff

(redirected from snuffing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.
Related to snuffing: rappee, snuffs

snuff,

preparation of pulverized tobacco used by sniffing it into the nostrils, chewing it, or placing it between the gums and the cheek. The blended tobacco from which it is made is often aged for two or three years, fermented at least twice, ground, and usually flavored and scented. In pre-Columbian times, snuff was used in the West Indies, in Mexico, and in parts of South America. Adoption of the practice in Europe was encouraged by belief in its medicinal virtue. From Europe the custom was carried to the Middle East and Asia. The highest status of snuff taking was attained in the 18th cent., when it was practiced by both men and women. The richly ornamented snuffboxes of the time are now esteemed by collectors. A ritual of taking snuff developed, with prescribed ways of tapping and opening the box and offering it to others. Later the practice of dipping snuff into the mouth with a stick or brush, or of inserting it between the cheek and gums, largely replaced sniffing it into the nostrils.

snuff

1. finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing
2. a small amount of this
3. any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils
References in periodicals archive ?
Once, the state could manipulate information, snuffing out opposition by controlling the press, particularly television.
Morgentaler is directly responsible for snuffing out the lives of some 300,000 to 400,000 pre-born babies, and many more indirectly.
But if the argument is that Clear Channel is snuffing out anti-Republican voices, that clearly isn't true.