snivel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snivel cry or whine with snuffling "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
    • v snivel snuff up mucus through the nose
    • v snivel talk in a tearful manner
    • n snivel the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    • n snivel whining in a tearful manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snivel Mucus from the nose; snot.
    • Snivel To cry or whine with snuffling, as children; to cry weakly or whiningly. "Put stop to thy sniveling ditty."
    • Snivel To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snivel Mucus running from the nose; snot.
    • n snivel Figuratively, in contempt, weak, forced, or pretended weeping; hypocritical expressions of sorrow or repentance, especially in a nasal tone; hypocrisy; cant.
    • snivel To run at the nose.
    • snivel To draw up the mucus audibly through the nose; snuff.
    • snivel To cry, weep, or fret, as children, with snuffing or sniveling.
    • snivel Figuratively, to utter hypocritical expressions of contrition or regret, especially with a nasal tone; affect a tearful or repentant state.
    • snivel To suffer to be covered, as the nose or face, with snivel or nasal mucus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snivel sniv′l to run at the nose: to cry, as a child
    • pr.p Snivel sniv′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. sniv′elled
    • n Snivel snot: cant, an affected tearful state
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Quotations

  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. snivelen, snevelen, snuvelen, freg. of sneven,. See Sniff, and cf. Snuffle

Usage

In literature:

Do you think the fellows here will look down on me for snivelling?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Stop your snivelling complaints, and your equally snivelling raptures!
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Of all th' blasted, impossible things it's t' have a snivelling she-devil always at your elbow.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
This dumb one, this sniveling one, persisted.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
It's too late to snivel over me now, and I'm well enough as I am.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
I don't snivel about what you call moral obligations.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
She is about fifty years of age, lame in her right leg and snivels a little.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
Edward went back to his aunt snivelling, defenceless but happy.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
She packed her boxes, snivelling.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The tears rolled out of her dear old eyes, and my sisters began to snivel, as they always did.
"Harper's Young People, January 6, 1880" by Various
To-day there must be no more snivelling and whining.
"The Italian Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
So don't you go snivelling afore any one's 'urt yer, farver.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
From sobbing, Miss Winthrop dwindled to sniveling, and there she stopped.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
At last he set down his basket, and commenced a kind of snivelling harangue to his little audience.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
She promptly laid her head on Jake Wilkes' shoulder and sniveled.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
He couldn't say anything more; he stood snivelling in the doorway.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
If anything makes me sick at the stomach it is to see a boy snivel.
"Mark Mason's Victory" by Horatio Alger
My poor Hayes has got the influenza too, and goes hacking and snivelling at my heels like an unpleasant echo.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
Remember, Dick, look up, and no snivelling!
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
I might have been snivelling myself, if I had cared to swill my belly with wine.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

"My breath is as sweet as the breath of blown roses,
While you are a nuisance where'er you appear;
There is nothing but snivelling and blowing of noses,
Such a noise as turns any man's stomach to hear."
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton, Rector Of St. Mary Woolnoth" by William Cowper

In news:

Channel surfers may recognize Patton Oswalt as one of the acerbic pundits on VH1's Best Week Ever or as sniveling fanboy Spence in one of those fat-guy/hot-wife sitcoms that's on before some CSI spinoff.
Bradley Cooper entered the public imagination as a sniveling bully in The Wedding Crashers, playing foil to Owen Wilson's conflicted scam artist.
With an eye for spotting sniveling weaklings, Vice President Paul Ryan gets ready to take the country in a new direction.
But man, did he get it right in last night's debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts.
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