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Someone who is very formal, pompous, or old-fashioned. I had heard he was a bit of a stuffed shirt, but he was very pleasant when I met him, and not pretentious at all.
An overly formal or pompous person, as in She's such a stuffed shirt that I'm surprised you'd invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a real person). [c. 1900]
a stuffed shirt
If you call a man a stuffed shirt, you mean that he is formal and boring. His seminars work because he speaks like an ordinary, approachable person rather than a stuffed shirt. It's his amusement about the world around him that makes him appealing as a politician, so different from all those stuffed shirts. Note: You can use stuffed-shirt before a noun. I have little patience with the dress rules of stuffed-shirt establishments. Note: This refers to a shirt being displayed on a dummy in a clothing shop. The dummy is hollow and has no use apart from filling the space occupied by the 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.