sniffle

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sniffle

Verb

sniffler \ ˈsni-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce sniffler (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.
See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sniffle

Dictionary Entries near sniffle

sniffer

sniffingly

sniffish

sniffle

sniffle valve

sniffly

sniffy

Statistics for sniffle

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sniffle

The first known use of sniffle was in 1632

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sniffle

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sniffle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sniffle

Spanish Central: Translation of sniffle

Nglish: Translation of sniffle for Spanish Speakers

Comments on sniffle

What made you want to look up sniffle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a wrong name or inappropriate designation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!