ETYM Cf. German schnuppe candle snuff, schnuppen to snuff a candle (see Snuff, to snuff a candle), or cf. Snub.
1. Finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose.
2. The charred part of a candlewick.
ETYM Akin to Dutch snuffen, German schnupfen, schnuppen, to snuff, schnupfen a cold in the head, schnuppen to snuff (air), also, to snuff (a candle). Related to Sniff, Snout, Snub.
To sniff or smell inquiringly; SYN. snuffle.
Finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils (or sometimes chewed or rubbed on the gums) as a stimulant or sedative. Snuff taking was common in 17th-century England and the Netherlands, and spread in the 18th century to other parts of Europe, but was largely superseded by cigarette smoking.