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sniff

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verb \ˈsnif\

Simple Definition of sniff

  • : to take air into your nose in short breaths that are loud enough to be heard

  • : to smell (something or someone) by putting your nose close to it and taking air in through your nose in short breaths

  • : to take (something, such as fumes or a drug) into your body by inhaling it through your nose in order to get intoxicated

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sniff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw air audibly up the nose especially for smelling <sniffed at the flowers>

  3. 2 :  to show or express disdain or scorn

  4. 3 :  snoop, nose <sniffed around for clues>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to smell or take by inhalation through the nose

  7. 2 :  to utter contemptuously

  8. 3 :  to recognize or detect by or as if by smelling <sniff out trouble>

Examples of sniff in a sentence

  1. She sniffed and wiped her nose with a tissue.

  2. She put perfume on her wrist and sniffed it.

  3. The dog sniffed the carpet.

  4. He held the flower up to his nose and sniffed.

  5. I guess you don't need my help, she sniffed.



Origin of sniff

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with sniff


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sniff

noun

Simple Definition of sniff

  • : an act or the sound of drawing air into the nose especially in order to smell something or because you are sick or have been crying

  • : an expression of dislike or disapproval

  • : a small amount or sign of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sniff

  1. 1 :  an act or sound of sniffing

  2. 2 :  a quantity that is sniffed

Examples of sniff in a sentence

  1. She said that she felt fine, but her sniffs and coughs told a different story.

  2. I refuse to answer that question, she said with a sniff.

  3. He wanted to avoid the slightest sniff of a scandal.

  4. There was still a sniff of hope left for the team.



1767

First Known Use of sniff

1767



SNIFF Defined for Kids

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sniff

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verb \ˈsnif\

Definition of sniff for Students

sniffedsniffing

  1. 1 :  to smell by taking short breaths <sniff perfume>

  2. 2 :  to draw air into the nose in short breaths loud enough to be heard

  3. 3 :  to say with scorn




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sniff

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noun

Definition of sniff for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or sound of drawing air into the nose in short breaths (as to smell something) <He took a sniff of the pie.>

  2. 2 :  an odor detected through the nose <a sniff of sea air>





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