verb (used without object), sniffled, sniffling.
to sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold or in repressing tears:
She sniffled woefully.
an act or sound of sniffling.
sniffles, a condition, as a cold, marked by sniffling (usually preceded by the):
This draft is giving me the sniffles.
plural noun (informal)
the sniffles, a cold in the head
the sniffling that sometimes accompanies weeping or prolonged crying
(intransitive) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested
the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling
- Sniff out
verb 1. (transitive, adverb) to detect through shrewdness or instinct sniffer 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 […]