snivel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snivel cry or whine with snuffling "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
    • v snivel snuff up mucus through the nose
    • v snivel talk in a tearful manner
    • n snivel the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    • n snivel whining in a tearful manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snivel Mucus from the nose; snot.
    • Snivel To cry or whine with snuffling, as children; to cry weakly or whiningly. "Put stop to thy sniveling ditty."
    • Snivel To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snivel Mucus running from the nose; snot.
    • n snivel Figuratively, in contempt, weak, forced, or pretended weeping; hypocritical expressions of sorrow or repentance, especially in a nasal tone; hypocrisy; cant.
    • snivel To run at the nose.
    • snivel To draw up the mucus audibly through the nose; snuff.
    • snivel To cry, weep, or fret, as children, with snuffing or sniveling.
    • snivel Figuratively, to utter hypocritical expressions of contrition or regret, especially with a nasal tone; affect a tearful or repentant state.
    • snivel To suffer to be covered, as the nose or face, with snivel or nasal mucus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snivel sniv′l to run at the nose: to cry, as a child
    • pr.p Snivel sniv′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. sniv′elled
    • n Snivel snot: cant, an affected tearful state
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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
OE. snivelen, snevelen, snuvelen, freg. of sneven,. See Sniff, and cf. Snuffle

Usage

In literature:

Do you think the fellows here will look down on me for snivelling?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Stop your snivelling complaints, and your equally snivelling raptures!
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Of all th' blasted, impossible things it's t' have a snivelling she-devil always at your elbow.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
This dumb one, this sniveling one, persisted.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
It's too late to snivel over me now, and I'm well enough as I am.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
I don't snivel about what you call moral obligations.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
She is about fifty years of age, lame in her right leg and snivels a little.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
Edward went back to his aunt snivelling, defenceless but happy.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
She packed her boxes, snivelling.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The tears rolled out of her dear old eyes, and my sisters began to snivel, as they always did.
"Harper's Young People, January 6, 1880" by Various
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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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