- to draw air through the nose in short, audible inhalations.
- to clear the nose by so doing; sniffle.
- to smell by short inhalations.
- to show disdain, contempt, etc., by or as by sniffing.
- to perceive by or as by smelling: to sniff a scandal.
- to inhale through the nose: to sniff the air.
- an act of sniffing; a single, short, audible inhalation.
- the sound made by such an act.
- a scent or odor perceived: a sniff of perfume.
Origin of sniff
Examples from the Web for sniffed
Contemporary Examples of sniffed
Were she a man,” he sniffed, “her job would not be subject to endless ‘What does he really do?’Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
He inherited vast estates worth some £30m, all of which he sniffed, snorted and smoked away.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
“Americans are inclined to look everywhere but under their noses for art,” he sniffed.The Man Who Made American Modernism
February 19, 2014
“He does those Capital One commercials,” sniffed one Broadway producer and Tony voter.Who’ll Win a 2013 Tony Award—and Who Deserves To
June 6, 2013
“I think he has a nice philosophical plan for the fiscal hereafter, two or three decades down the road,” Stockman sniffed.Reagan Budget Guru: Shut It Down!
April 7, 2011
Historical Examples of sniffed
Aggie sniffed, as if such an outcome were the merest bagatelle.
Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.
Gypsy would have nothing to do with her, and sniffed the air with offended dignity.In the Midst of Alarms
Her first thought was of fire; she sniffed; the air was pure and clear.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
Major White, with his delicate sense of smell, sniffed the breeze.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- to inhale through the nose, usually in short rapid audible inspirations, as for the purpose of identifying a scent, for clearing a congested nasal passage, or for taking a drug or intoxicating fumes
- (when intr, often foll by at) to perceive or attempt to perceive (a smell) by inhaling through the nose
- the act or sound of sniffing
- a smell perceived by sniffing, esp a faint scent
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.