verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- sniff at,
- sniff out,
- sniffer dog,
Origin of sniff
Examples from the Web for sniff
If Letizia did know how to sniff out a media rat in her camp, it was undoubtedly due to her professional training as a journalist.Meet the New Queen of Spain - 41-Year Old Divorcee And Commoner Letizia Ortiz|Tom Sykes|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Duane and Dicky lope backstage afterwards to “do some sniff,” as Dicky terms it.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Late in the afternoon, the day being warm, I raised the window again and leaned out to get a sniff of air.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Delachaise, a pit bull mix, made it across the field on her first try, but had to stop and sniff the camera.
But is their sniff strong enough for an entire legal system to rest on?
They had still fifteen paces to go when John Barrow came to a stop with a sniff of disgust.The Rover Boys In The Mountains|Arthur M. Winfield
The two cubs sneaked forward, to sniff at the bones where their mother had been cut up—and began to eat her.Pluck on the Long Trail|Edwin L. Sabin
Two Huns come to sniff at us, and we dive below the clouds once more.Cavalry of the Clouds|Alan Bott
But as the time drew near for the return of the hunters, he began to sniff the air in every direction, his nose held high.Frank of Freedom Hill|Samuel A. Derieux
As soon as they were in the court the rakshas began to run about from one side to the other and to sniff the air.Fairy Tales from Many Lands|Katherine Pyle
Word Origin for sniff
mid-14c., of imitative origin; possibly related to snyvelen (see snivel). As an expression of scorn or contempt from 1729. As a synonym for smell (v.) it dates from 1845. In reference to cocaine from 1925. Related: Sniffed; sniffing.
1767, from sniff (v.); the scornful sense is from 1859.