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stuffy adj
1 lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke" [syn: airless, close, unaired]
2 excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull; "why is the middle class so stodgy, so utterly without a sense of humor?"; "a stodgy dinner party" [syn: stodgy] [also: stuffiest, stuffier]

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  1. Stout; mettlesome; resolute.
  2. Angry and obstinate; sulky.
  3. Poorly-ventilated; close.
    • Stuffy nose


Stout; mettlesome; resolute
Angry and obstinate; sulky
Poorly-ventilated; close
  • Spanish: mal ventilado, congestionado, taponado

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