snuffle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snuffle cry or whine with snuffling "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
    • v snuffle snuff up mucus through the nose
    • v snuffle sniff or smell inquiringly
    • n snuffle the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snuffle An affected nasal twang; hence, cant; hypocrisy.
    • Snuffle Obstruction of the nose by mucus; nasal catarrh of infants or children.
    • Snuffle The act of snuffing; a sound made by the air passing through the nose when obstructed. "This dread sovereign, Breath, in its passage, gave a snort or snuffle ."
    • v. i Snuffle To speak through the nose; to breathe through the nose when it is obstructed, so as to make a broken sound. "One clad in purple
      Eats, and recites some lamentable rhyme . . . Snuffling at nose, and croaking in his throat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • snuffle To breathe hard through the nose, or through the nose when obstructed; draw the breath noisily on account of obstructions in the nasal passages; snuff up mucus in the nose by short catches of breath; speak through the nose: sometimes used, especially in the present participle, of affected, canting talk or persons: as, a snuffling fellow.
    • snuffle To take offense.
    • n snuffle A sound made by the passage of air through the nostrils; the audible drawing up of air or of mucus by inhalation, especially in short catches of breath.
    • n snuffle plural Troublesome mucous discharge from the nostrils. Also sniffles.
    • n snuffle A speaking through the nose, especially with short audible breaths; an affected nasal twang; hence, cant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snuffle to breathe hard through the nose
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of snuff, v.i.; akin to LG. snuffeln, G. schnüffeln, D. snuffeln, Dan. snövle,. Cf. Sniffle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. snuffen, snuf; Ger. schnaufen, to snuff.

Usage

In literature:

We sailed as soon as Grue, gobbling and snuffling, had cleaned up the last crumb of food.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
It sounded like the snuffling progress of an undine across the roof!
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
A snuffling, heavier than a man's panting.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
But it must needs turn aside to go snuffling at the rifle and lick the oil off the locks.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Diana sniffed and snuffled, scrubbed her eyes with her checked apron, and rocked back and forth.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Snorted and splashed and puffed and snuffled and blew.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
You would catch cold and have the sniffle-snuffles.
"Uncle Wiggily and Old Mother Hubbard" by Howard R. Garis
This is sometimes denoted by a chronic discharge, a snuffling in the breathing, and a contraction of the nostril.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
This cold often shows itself by sneezing and "snuffles" in the nose.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
True, but the last-comer snuffles exactly as my lost Willy snuffled.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
She snuffled and walked quite close to the gypsy woman.
"Tinker's Dam" by Joseph Tinker
I'm going to call her 'Snuffles.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
Then it turned about and came snuffling the air as it looked for him.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Very soon there was a scurrying through the hall, a little gasping snuffle, a small, sharp bark.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
Already the brute is so close that he sees his glaring eye and hears his awful scenting and snuffling.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Like a hound he paused, snuffling the earth.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Tough old Hatch snuffled audibly, and Brady could hardly speak.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
The snuffling old air-pump across the Channel says the same thing.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
To their ears came a snoring, blubbering snuffle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
She wished to speak but she could only bellow and snuffle.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
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In poetry:

"I hear again the snuffled tones,
I see in dreary vision
Dyspeptic dreamers, spiritual bores,
And prophets with a mission.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
With snuffle and sniff and handkerchief,
The folk who loved you not
Will bury you, and go wondering
Back home. And you will rot.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
"T is work, work, work," he muttered,—
"And for rest a snuffle of psalms!"
He smote on his leathern apron
With his brown and waxen palms.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then Grandmother snuffled a teardrop
And said. "It is jest like I suz
T’ th’ parson—Grandfather’s liver
Ain’t what it used to was:
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
E--Why must I sneeze and snuffle, groan and cough,
If my hat's on my head, or if it's off?
Why must I sink all poetry in this prose,
The everlasting blowing of my nose?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
"What's the use of making the young one cry?
Say, what's the use of being a fool?
Sling the little one up here whar he can see,
He won't git the snuffles a-ridin' with me,--
The night ain't any too cool."
"Golyer" by John Hay

In news:

Snuffling around in a Plexiglas box that it knows well, a black and white rat catches a whiff of chocolate cookies.
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