stuffed shirt

stuffed shirt
noun Date: 1904 a smug, conceited, and usually pompous person often with an inflexibly conservative or reactionary attitude

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • stuffed shirt — stuffed shirts N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone, especially someone with an important position, as a stuffed shirt, you mean that they are extremely formal and old fashioned. [INFORMAL] He was so smart he charmed everybody from… …   English dictionary

  • stuffed shirt — n informal someone who behaves in a very formal way and thinks that they are important …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stuffed shirt — noun count INFORMAL a boring person who always behaves in a very correct way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stuffed shirt — stuffed′ shirt′ n. a pompous, self satisfied, and inflexible person …   From formal English to slang

  • stuffed shirt — ► NOUN informal ▪ a conservative, pompous person …   English terms dictionary

  • stuffed shirt — ☆ stuffed shirt n. Slang a pompous, pretentious person …   English World dictionary

  • stuffed shirt — noun a bore who is extremely formal, pompous, and old fashioned • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism • Hypernyms: ↑bore, ↑dullard * * * noun : a smug conceited usually pompous person with an inflexibly conservative or reactionary attitude nothing of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stuffed shirt — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms stuffed shirt : singular stuffed shirt plural stuffed shirts informal a boring person who always behaves in a very correct way …   English dictionary

  • stuffed shirt — noun a) One who is pompous or self important, especially one who is officious in a position of authority. Dont you come the high and holy on me. You and your smooth, big, phony stuffed shirt of a father. b) Used attributively. Dr. Laughlin was… …   Wiktionary

  • stuffed shirt — n. a dull and stuffy person, usually a male. □ Mr. Wilson is a stuffed shirt, and people would tell him so if he didn’t have so much money. □ I don’t want to listen to that stuffed shirt anymore …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • stuffed shirt — {n. phr.} A pretentious bore; a pompous, empty person. * /I think that Howard is a terrible stuffed shirt with no sense of humor./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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