- to draw air into the nose for the purpose of smelling something; snuff.
- to draw the breath or mucus through the nostrils in an audible or noisy manner; sniffle; snivel.
- to speak through the nose or with a nasal twang.
- to whine; snivel.
- to utter in a snuffling or nasal tone.
- an act or sound of snuffling.
- snuffles, a condition of the nose, as from a cold, causing snuffling (usually preceded by the).
- a nasal tone of voice.
Origin of snuffle
Examples from the Web for snuffle
The boy began to sob, and drew his coat-sleeve across his eye with a snuffle.A Coin of Edward VII
From the stable came the snuffle and stamp of a feeding horse.Five Tales
Snuffle and wheeze—snuffle and wheeze of the asthmatic Chinamans breathing.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
Smoke: Snuffle the nose and raise the fingers of both hands several times, rubbing the fingers against each other.
While Fraulein waited, trembling, several of the girls began to snuffle and sob.Pointed Roofs
- (intr) to breathe noisily or with difficulty
- to say or speak in a nasal tone
- (intr) to snivel
- an act or the sound of snuffling
- a nasal tone or voice
- the snuffles a condition characterized by snuffling
Word Origin and History for snuffle
1580s, from Dutch or Flemish snuffelen "to sniff about, pry," related to Dutch and Flemish snuffen "to sniff" (see snuff (v.2)). Related: Snuffled; snuffling.
1764, "sound made by snuffling," from snuffle (v.). Old English had snofl (n.) "phlegm, mucus." The snuffles "troublesome mucous discharge from the nostrils" is from 1770.
- To breathe noisily, as through a blocked nose.
- The act of snuffling.
- snuffles Obstructed nasal respiration, especially in a newborn, sometimes due to congenital syphilis.