- to weep or cry with sniffling.
- to affect a tearful state; whine.
- to run at the nose; have a runny nose: She sniveled from the cold.
- to draw up mucus audibly through the nose: Stop sniveling and use your handkerchief.
- to utter with sniveling or sniffling.
- weak, whining, or pretended weeping.
- a light sniffle, as in weeping.
- a hypocritical show of feeling: a sentimental snivel.
- mucus running from the nose.
- snivels, a sniveling condition; a slight cold; sniffles (usually preceded by the).
Origin of snivel
Examples from the Web for sniveler
He had great respect for the feelings and convictions of others, but he was not a sniveler.Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?
John B. Remsburg
- (intr) to sniffle as a sign of distress, esp contemptibly
- to utter (something) tearfully; whine
- (intr) to have a runny nose
- an instance of snivelling
Word Origin and History for sniveler
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.).