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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

Full Definition of snivel

sniv·eled or sniv·elledsniv·el·ing or sniv·el·lingplay \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

sniv·el·er play \ˈsni-və-lər, ˈsniv-lər\ noun

Examples of snivel

  1. millionaires sniveling about their financial problems

  2. Woe is me, she sniveled.



Origin of snivel

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with snivel


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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



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