[ snif-uh l ]
/ ˈsnɪf əl /

verb (used without object), snif·fled, snif·fling.

to sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold or in repressing tears: She sniffled woefully.


an act or sound of sniffling.
sniffles, a condition, as a cold, marked by sniffling (usually preceded by the): This draft is giving me the sniffles.

Origin of sniffle

First recorded in 1625–35; sniff + -le

Related forms

snif·fler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sniffle


/ (ˈsnɪfəl) /


(intr) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested


the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling

Derived Forms

sniffler, nounsniffly, adjective
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