Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: snuf, from snuftabak, from snuffen ( SNUFF1) + tabak 'tobacco'

snuff

2 noun
     
Related topics: Tobacco
snuff2 [uncountable]
1DFT a type of tobacco in powder form, which people breathe in through their noses:
He took a pinch of snuff.
a snuff box (=a small box used to keep snuff in)
2

up to snuff

American English informal good enough for a particular purpose:
A lot of money was spent to bring the building up to snuff.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary