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snivel

[sniv-uh l] /ˈsnɪv əl/
verb (used without object), sniveled, sniveling or (especially British) snivelled, snivelling.
1.
to weep or cry with sniffling.
2.
to affect a tearful state; whine.
3.
to run at the nose; have a runny nose:
She sniveled from the cold.
4.
to draw up mucus audibly through the nose:
Stop sniveling and use your handkerchief.
verb (used with object), sniveled, sniveling or (especially British) snivelled, snivelling.
5.
to utter with sniveling or sniffling.
noun
6.
weak, whining, or pretended weeping.
7.
a light sniffle, as in weeping.
8.
a hypocritical show of feeling:
a sentimental snivel.
9.
mucus running from the nose.
10.
snivels, a sniveling condition; a slight cold; sniffles (usually preceded by the).
Origin of snivel
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English snyvele; compare Old English snyflung (gerund), derivative of snofl mucus; cognate with Low German snüfeln
Related forms
sniveler; especially British, sniveller, noun
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Examples from the Web for sniveled
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  • Brent sank weakly into his chair and began to whimper: "I'm as good a man as I ever was," he sniveled.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • "Honestly, I didn't think it would kill anything but ragweed," Henry sniveled miserably.

  • If he exists, he has assumed a less offensive form than when he ate muffins and sniveled inanity in Mrs. Snagsby's back room.

  • She may have sniveled a good deal, but she was capable of loving some one else better than herself.

  • I was so pleased I cried, and all the way over to the shelter-house I sniveled and danced with joy at the same time.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was a bitter cry, and Aunt 'Mira sniveled as she stood over the dish-pan.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • Part of the time I sniveled and part of the time Allie sniveled, and once or twice we were all three all balled up in our throats.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • He was all sorrow, and sniveled and blubbered and wept hot, blinding tears through the dark, leathery fingers of his hands.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • I remember I sniveled a little at being taken at my word, but it served me right for saying one thing when I meant another.

    Family Pride Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for sniveled

snivel

/ˈsnɪvəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
1.
(intransitive) to sniffle as a sign of distress, esp contemptibly
2.
to utter (something) tearfully; whine
3.
(intransitive) to have a runny nose
noun
4.
an instance of snivelling
Derived Forms
sniveller, noun
snivelling, adjective, noun
snivelly, adjective
Word Origin
C14 snivelen; related to Old English snyflung mucus, Dutch snuffelen to smell out, Old Norse snoppa snout
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Word Origin and History for sniveled

snivel

v.

Old English *snyflan "to run at the nose" (cf. snyflung "running of the nose"), related to snofl "nasal mucus;" see snout. Meaning "to be in an (affected) tearful state" is from 1680s. Related: Snivelled; snivelling. As a noun from 14c. Melville coined snivelization (1849). Middle English had contemptuous term snivelard (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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