stuffiness

Stuffiness is either the quality of lacking good air flow or ventilation, like the stuffiness of an attic in the summer, or the characteristic of being narrow-minded and judgmental, like the stuffiness of your stern and proper Aunt Hilda.

There's the stuffiness of your parents' overheated car, and then there's the stuffiness of your nose when you have a cold—in the latter case, stuffiness means "having the quality of being stuffed up or congested." The personality trait of stuffiness applies to people who aren't open to change or to new ideas, but are stuck in a conventional way of thinking: "His stuffiness meant he could never really enjoy our rowdy parties."

Definitions of stuffiness
1

n the quality of being close and poorly ventilated

Synonyms:
closeness
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n state of obstruction or stoppage or air in the nose or throat

Type of:
congestion
excessive accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part

n dull and pompous gravity

Synonyms:
stodginess
Type of:
graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness
a manner that is serious and solemn

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.