sniffle

verb
snif·​fle | \ ˈsni-fəl How to pronounce sniffle (audio) \
sniffled; sniffling\ ˈsni-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sniffle (audio) \

Definition of sniffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to sniff repeatedly : snuffle
2 : to speak with or as if with sniffling

sniffle

noun

Definition of sniffle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from sniffle

Verb

sniffler \ ˈsni-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce sniffle (audio) \ noun

Examples of sniffle in a Sentence

Verb The children have been sniffling for a week now. “In your family's eyes,” she sniffled, “I'm not good enough.” Noun He couldn't stop his sniffles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some experts think that the spike in cases may have simply been a result of more people paying attention to every cough, sniffle and runny nose last fall. New York Times, 26 Feb. 2021 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 As Mamaw, the family’s indomitable matriarch, Close gets to sniffle, weep, curse, flip the bird and spout tough-love bromides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Is that sniffle a sign of seasonal allergies or COVID-19? Time, 20 Sep. 2022 It’s not an event on a Friday, not a chance to wear a new outfit and not something that can get canceled by a sniffle. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Granted, doctors are particularly predisposed to describing even a sniffle or the passing throat twinge in excruciating detail. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 10 May 2022 Becker said that anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms -- even just a sniffle -- should get tested. Jen Christensen, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 Key to that is acknowledging that infections that amount to little more than a sniffle and a cough don’t warrant strenuous efforts to prevent. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 Key to that is acknowledging that infections that amount to little more than a sniffle and a cough don’t warrant strenuous efforts to prevent. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 Key to that is acknowledging that infections that amount to little more than a sniffle and a cough don’t warrant strenuous efforts to prevent. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 Key to that is acknowledging that infections that amount to little more than a sniffle and a cough don’t warrant strenuous efforts to prevent. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sniffle

Verb

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sniffle

Verb

frequentative of sniff

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“Sniffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sniffle. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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sniffle

verb
snif·​fle | \ ˈsni-fəl How to pronounce sniffle (audio) \
sniffled; sniffling

Kids Definition of sniffle

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

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