Snift

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snift A moment.
    • Snift Slight snow; sleet.
    • Snift To sniff; to snuff; to smell. "It now appears that they were still snifing and hankering after their old quarters."
    • Snift To snort. "Resentment expressed by snifting ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • snift To sniff; snuff; sniffle; snivel.
    • snift To pass the breath through the nose in a petulant manner.
    • snift To snuff, as a candle.
    • n snift Slight snow or sleet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.i Snift to sniff, snivel
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Sniff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Dan. snive, snuff; Ger. schnieben.

Usage

In literature:

Great difference between snuffling and snifting.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
Then snift and blow the nose alternately.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
I buried old man Snift of the Bronx last July.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
I would sooner snift thy farthing candle once a day, than sustain that nasal cadence ever more.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
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