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sniff

[ snif ]
/ snɪf /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to perceive by or as by smelling: to sniff a scandal.
to inhale through the nose: to sniff the air.

noun

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Origin of sniff

1300–50; Middle English; back formation from snivel

OTHER WORDS FROM sniff

sniff·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sniff

sniff
/ (snɪf) /

verb

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

noun

the act or sound of sniffing
a smell perceived by sniffing, esp a faint scent

Derived forms of sniff

sniffing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for sniff

C14: probably related to snivelen to snivel
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