sniveller

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sniveller a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sniveller one prone to snivelling: one who cries for slight causes
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Quotations

  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snofel, mucus from the nose; akin to sniff, snuff.

Usage

In literature:

She had seen Letty snivelling and dirty; Letty shamed and humiliated.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
I don't want him to come back here in six months sniveling to be put in shape again.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
Turn your back; I'm sniveling.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
The maid sniveled a request to be allowed to remain with her mistress.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
This is no time for snivelling lamentations.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
Abel, sitting near her, snivelled softly for sympathy, not fairly comprehending her cause for tears.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Long she brooded, sniveling in her bewilderment.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
And when you speak of sniveling Puritans, speak of them that do snivel.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
She did not tell me this; he did, when in a snivelling condition at the hospital.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
I don't want any sniveling women here.
"Adrift in New York" by Horatio Alger
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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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