sniveler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sniveler a person who breathes audibly through a congested nose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sniveler One who snivels, esp. one who snivels habitually.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sniveler One who snivels, or who cries with sniveling.
    • n sniveler One who weeps; especially, one who manifests weakness by weeping.
    • n sniveler Figuratively, one who affects tearfulness or expressions of penitence, especially with a nasal tone.
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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
Written also sniveller,

Usage

In literature:

Even the shoes of lovers waiting under the bed weep and snivel all night.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
When the blows fell, he held his breath, but did not snivel.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The little snivelling puppy!
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
When little wifey wife begins to snivel nowadays, Mr.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
The child's whole aspect and the sniveling sounds he made were so hatefully ugly.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I never could become an ill-used, suffering, snivelling wife.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
You'll come and snivel now, will you?
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Whatever you do (and I address myself in particular to you in the furthest), never snivel.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
At first I only snivelled, but surrendered myself after a few successful ventures, to a loud despairing roar.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
All the women was snivelling and sniffing and throwing bokays at him.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Snivel was a dog belonging to Mr B. in early days.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Stop this snivelling and sneaking round the back doors.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
So why she should have sent you snivelling after me, I can't think.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
When the blows fell, he held his breath, but he did not snivel.
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
One on 'em kep' snivelling and wringing of his 'ands; he come on board, all of a sop like a monthly nurse.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was his wife who had worried him into it, and yet now probably she would begin to snivel.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
For the habit may grow, And the thought makes me snivel.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
And I don't mean either to snivel or to sulk.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
We can't have our holidays spoiled by these snivelling kids.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
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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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