• WordNet 3.6
    • n sniveling whining in a tearful manner
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sniveling Running at the nose; drawing up the mucus in the nose with an audible sound; hence, figuratively, whining; weakly tearful; affecting tearfulness: much used loosely as an epithet of contempt.
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.”


In literature:

Mrs. White actually snivelled.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I 'll handle this sniveling thief first.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
The man Wild had treated so roughly bore the name of Chuck Snivel, and he was a sort of lieutenant of the band.
"Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"" by An Old Scout
Why, he'll begin sniveling if you look cross at him!
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
Don't come sniveling to me about Dorien.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Sweat is a stranger to thee, absent also are saliva, phlegm, and evil nose-snivel.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
But, tell me, Mr. Snivel, are you not the messenger of some one else?
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
He'd have snivelled you into a shocking condition.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
I don't want anybody to snivel over me.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
This little sniveling Fellow rule three Kingdoms?
"The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)" by Aphra Behn
But I say, she didn't see me snivelling, did she?
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
But it makes me feel ready to snivel, sir, about old Mother Clean-shirts.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Natty was too much of a man to give way out and out, but he snivelled a little in spite of himself.
"The Coxswain's Bride" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sniveller, who had been taught the geography of the mansion from a well-executed plan, proceeded to the same door inside.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
She snivelled a little as she began her story, but soon became more calm.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
What she wants is comforting; Emma would go and snivel all over her.
"A Master Of Craft" by W. W. Jacobs
You and your snivelling to them may go hang.
"King Cole" by John Masefield
I grabbed the sniveling little Ollie and held him between us with my hands around his neck.
"Backlash" by Winston Marks
The sight seemed to dry up Effie's snivelling as if by magic.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Anyhow, I would not go about snivelling and crying poverty and want of promotion.
"Curiosities of Olden Times" by S. Baring-Gould

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.