sniffer

[ snif-er ]
/ ˈsnɪf ər /

noun

a person or thing that sniffs.
a device or mechanism for detecting something.

Nearby words

  1. snide,
  2. snidely,
  3. sniff,
  4. sniff at,
  5. sniff out,
  6. sniffer dog,
  7. sniffish,
  8. sniffle,
  9. sniffles,
  10. sniffy

Origin of sniffer

First recorded in 1860–65; sniff + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for sniffer

sniffer

/ (ˈsnɪfə) /

noun

a device for detecting hidden substances such as drugs or explosives, esp by their odour
a computer program or device used to monitor, detect, and capture data on a network
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Word Origin and History for sniffer

sniffer

n.

"the nose," 1858, agent noun from sniff (v.).

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