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adjectiveadjective sniffier, adjective sniffiest

  • Scornful; contemptuous.

    • ‘some people are sniffy about tea bags’
    • ‘I know we terribly sophisticated Europeans tend to be very sniffy about America's obsession with 40-lane highways but (at least in my experience) you can get around the place.’
    • ‘That pride continued for much of the 20th century, as developing nations studied the broad-based Scottish model to create their own curricula, and sniffy comparisons were made to schools in England.’
    • ‘And what right do doctors have to be sniffy about the benefits of alternative therapies when their knowledge about the potential side-effects of the medication they are prescribing is so limited?’
    • ‘In fact, as this biography progresses, its author becomes increasingly sniffy about much of his subject's thinking; so much so, you start to wonder why exactly he set out to rescue him.’
    • ‘But according to sniffy British sources, the arrests were the result of a long-standing intelligence operation that began long before the American alerts.’
    • ‘The somewhat sniffy attitude towards the new format in the beginning was swept away by the spectators who marched through the turnstiles in their thousands taking their kids along with them.’
    • ‘Given Europe's appalling unemployment record, especially its failure to provide jobs for young folk, the Continent's elite have no right to be sniffy.’
    • ‘Let's also not get too sniffy about doping as others test positive, or are thrown out like one European athlete overnight for a positive test at a July meeting.’
    • ‘Britain's retail bankers tend to be a sniffy lot.’
    • ‘But he was sniffy about the roles he was offered, preferring to wait for ‘the big one’, and it never really came.’
    • ‘The two countries have obviously been shaken by the sniffy reaction of much of Europe to the EU Constitution.’
    • ‘It was a bit unfair, I suggested, to be sniffy about people wanting to become pop stars when the alternative was, say, working in a factory.’
    • ‘His sniffy attitude to Motown may be dead wrong but his dissection of the creative and entrepreneurial side of the music industry is unrivalled.’
    • ‘Perhaps they were right to be at least a little sniffy.’
    • ‘The art establishment is distinctly sniffy about his work.’
    • ‘Britain has always had a sniffy attitude towards craftsmen.’
    • ‘Orthodox experts tend to be rather sniffy about such tests.’
    • ‘It's easy to get sniffy about ‘celebrity culture’, but it simply fills the vacuum in public life.’
    • ‘The governor of the castle was very sniffy about letting us have it - saying that it shouldn't be used for political events.’
    • ‘There is a middle-class reserve to Edinburgh that gets rather sniffy at the thought of making a public display of oneself.’
    contemptuous, scornful, full of contempt, derisive, derisory, withering, mocking, scoffing, sneering, jeering, scathing, snide, disparaging, slighting, supercilious, disdainful, superior, dismissive
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/ˈsnifē/ /ˈsnɪfi/