sniffle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sniffle inhale audibly through the nose "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"
    • v sniffle cry or whine with snuffling "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
    • n sniffle the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Sniffle To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sniffle To snuffle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sniffle to snuffle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of sniff,. See Snivel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Dan. snive, snuff; Ger. schnieben.

Usage

In literature:

There was a sound that might have been a sniffle if it had come from anyone else.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
When they said their sniffling good-byes at Katma she was suspiciously bright and merry.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Herein is the Romeo, word for word, that Lydia Languish sniffled over.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
Sue also "sniffled" a little, and she seemed to be holding back gasping, choking sounds in her throat.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
There were tears in the eyes of the girl, and a sniffling sound reached him through her Marspeaker.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
There stood Marie, sniffling and wiping her eyes.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
First thing, I warn you not to sniffle and get sorry for yourself.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
She sniffled, took a handkerchief from her pocket, and began wiping at her tears.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
She would sigh gustily, bite her lips, and accomplish what in an ordinary person would be a sniffle.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Barbara Wilson sniffled and looked up at him.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
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In poetry:

Their little dull greasy eyes will water;
They'll paw you, and gulp afresh.
They'll sniffle and weep, and their thoughts will creep
Like flies on the cold flesh.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
What can I do, blind and outcast
In a world where all are fathered and sighted,
Where passions go over anathemas
As if over embankments! Where a lament Is called - sniffles!
"Poets (excerpt)" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva

In news:

If you or your child has allergies or asthma, planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and attacks under control while you're on vacation.
CINCINNATI — So now it's all up to the 6-foot-6, 24-year-old blond hurler with the tattoos, the sniffles and the wife who won't stay off twitter.
Like a lot of people, I start to get the sniffles when it gets cold.
Don't blame goldenrod for sniffles.
When the snow starts falling and the sniffles start spreading, you might wonder if small, everyday decisions really make a difference in your health.
Use these six innovative tips to sniffle -proof your whole family.
When winter brings on the sniffles , dietitian Cheryl Harris brings out the stew.
Bad case of the sniffles.
CORPUS CHRISTI — A sniffle here, a cough there.
Cool, rainy weather and spring cough and sniffles made the the smell of simmering chicken soup say "comfort".
The Juniata Mennonite girls had a few sniffles here and there, and maybe an injury or two, but no one would have guessed it Tuesday afternoon as they took a 3-2 win over Grace Prep.
'Tis the season of sniffling and sneezing.
Doctors in Nevada and across the country are trying to get the word out that people don't need antibiotics every time they get the sniffles or a sore throat.
A doctor's prescription pad was used to allow for dispensing bourbon whiskey to treat maladies ranging from the sniffles to cancer before the end of Prohibition.
Tennis-Li beats sniffles to advance in Tokyo.
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