sniff around/round

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sniff around/round

British, informal
: to try to get (someone) as a romantic partner, employee, etc.
  • His engagement hasn't stopped him from sniffing around other girls.
  • Rival companies have been sniffing around her for years.

Word by Word Definitions

sniff play
  1. : to inhale through the nose especially for smelling

  2. : to take air into the nose in short audible breaths

  3. : to show or express disdain or scorn

  1. : an act or sound of sniffing

  2. : a quantity that is sniffed

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation

round play
  1. : having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center

  2. : cylindrical

  3. : approximately round

  1. : around

  1. : something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round

  2. : a knot of people

  3. : a circle of things

  1. : to make round

  2. : to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)

  3. : to pronounce with lip rounding : labialize

  1. : around

  2. : all during : throughout

  1. : whisper

  2. : to speak to in a whisper


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