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snivel

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intransitive verb sniv·el \ˈsni-vəl\

Simple Definition of snivel

  • : to complain or cry in an annoying way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of snivel

sniveled

or

snivelled

sniveling

or

snivelling

play \ˈsni-və-liŋ, ˈsniv-liŋ\
  1. 1 :  to run at the nose

  2. 2 :  to snuff mucus up the nose audibly :  snuffle

  3. 3 :  to cry or whine with snuffling

  4. 4 :  to speak or act in a whining, sniffling, tearful, or weakly emotional manner

sniveler

play \ˈsni-və-lər, ˈsniv-lər\ noun

Examples of snivel in a sentence

  1. millionaires sniveling about their financial problems

  2. Woe is me, she sniveled.



Did You Know?

There's never been anything pretty about sniveling. Snivel, which originally meant simply "to have a runny nose," was probably snyflan in Old English. It's likely related to sniffle, not surprisingly, and also to an Old English word for mucus, snofl. It's even related to the Middle Dutch word for a cold, snof, and the Old Norse word for snout, which is snoppa. There's also a connection to nan, a Greek verb meaning "flow." Nowadays, we mostly use snivel, as we have since the 1600s, to refer to self-pitying whining, whether or not such sniveling is accompanied by unchecked nasal flow.

Origin and Etymology of snivel

Middle English, from Old English *snyflan; akin to Dutch snuffelen to snuffle, snuffen to sniff


First Known Use: 14th century


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snivel

noun sniv·el

Definition of snivel

  1. 1 plural dial :  head cold

  2. 2 :  an act of sniveling



1600

First Known Use of snivel

1600

Rhymes with snivel


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