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

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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.
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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 There may have been a faint sniffle coming from right next to her. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Goosed along by Cliff Martinez’s ghostly electronic score, Soderbergh taps into our collective inner hypochondriac, making every character’s sniffle or rubbed eye bristle with potential danger. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 7 July 2021 The actress Kristen Stewart was seated behind him, and hearing her sniffle was additional affirmation everything was going to be OK. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2021 Is that sniffle allergies, or a sign of a deadly pathogen? Louise Radnofsky And Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2020 And Jon and Alicia won't have to worry anymore about every scrape and sniffle. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2020 Normally a slight sniffle is no reason to cancel travel plans, but there is nothing normal about Summer 2020. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 13 July 2020 Normally a slight sniffle is no reason to cancel travel plans, but there is nothing normal about Summer 2020. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 13 July 2020 Normally a slight sniffle is no reason to cancel travel plans, but there is nothing normal about Summer 2020. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 13 July 2020

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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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The first known use of sniffle was in 1632

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“Sniffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sniffle. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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sniffle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sniffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of sniffle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or the sound of sniffling
informal : a slight or mild cold that causes you to sniffle a lot

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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