Philip told Charles that Mountbatten was dead and it was no good “snivelling” about this fact.
I want none of your pity, rejoined Haywood; keep your snivelling till it be your own turn.
Judy was snivelling and sobbing in the most woebegone manner.
He stood over there beside you, snivelling into his red bandanna.
(He turns to Rada) Look here, my girl, where is the use of snivelling?
Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.
And he was so manly and square about it all—no snivelling, no making a poor face.
She had seen Letty snivelling and dirty; Letty shamed and humiliated.
We can't have our holidays spoiled by these snivelling kids.'
Saw a lot of 'em snivelling over him at that tomb this morning.
"mean-spirited, weak," 1640s, present-participle adjective from snivel (v.). Related: Snivellingly.
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.).