(transitive, adverb) to detect through shrewdness or instinct
Uncover, as If there’s anything to that rumor, Gladys will sniff it out. This expression alludes to an animal sniffing for prey. [ First half of 1900s ]
- Sniff test
noun a basic questioning of the feasibility or sense of pursuing a new idea or venture Examples Her idea about going back to school may not pass the sniff test.
adjective, sniffier, sniffiest. Informal. 1. inclined to sniff, as in scorn; disdainful; supercilious: He was very sniffy about breaches of etiquette. adjective -fier, -fiest 1. (informal) contemptuous or disdainful sniffles
noun 1. Also called inhaler. a pear-shaped glass, narrowing at the top to intensify the aroma of brandy, liqueur, etc. 2. Informal. a very small drink of liquor. noun 1. a pear-shaped glass with a short stem and a bowl that narrows towards the top so that the aroma of brandy or a liqueur is […]
noun 1. a valve for releasing small quantities of steam, compressed air, or condensate, as from the cylinder of a steam engine.