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sniffle

verb snif·fle \ ˈsni-fəl \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of sniffle

sniffled; sniffling play \ˈsni-f(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to sniff repeatedly : snuffle
2 : to speak with or as if with sniffling

sniffler

play \ˈsni-f(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of sniffle in a Sentence

  1. The children have been sniffling for a week now.

  2. “In your family's eyes,” she sniffled, “I'm not good enough.”

Recent Examples of sniffle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sniffle

frequentative of sniff


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sniffle

noun

Definition of sniffle

1 sniffles plural : a head cold marked by nasal discharge
2 : an act or sound of sniffling

Examples of sniffle in a Sentence

  1. He couldn't stop his sniffles.

Recent Examples of sniffle from the Web

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First Known Use of sniffle

circa 1825



SNIFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

sniffle

verb

Definition of sniffle for English Language Learners

  • : to repeatedly take air into your nose in short breaths that are loud enough to be heard because you are sick or have been crying

  • : to say (something) while crying or sniffling


sniffle

noun

Definition of sniffle for English Language Learners

  • : an act or the sound of sniffling

  • the sniffles : a slight or mild cold that causes you to sniffle a lot


SNIFFLE Defined for Kids

sniffle

verb snif·fle \ ˈsni-fəl \

Definition of sniffle for Students

sniffled; sniffling
1 : to sniff repeatedly
2 : to speak with sniffs
  • The child sniffled about where it hurt.


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