[ snif-uhl ]
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verb (used without object),snif·fled, snif·fling.
  1. to sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold or in repressing tears: She sniffled woefully.

  1. an act or sound of sniffling.

  2. (the) sniffles, a condition, as a cold, marked by sniffling: This draft is giving me the sniffles.

Origin of sniffle

First recorded in 1625–35; sniff + -le

Other words from sniffle

  • sniffler, noun

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How to use sniffle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sniffle


/ (ˈsnɪfəl) /

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

  1. the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling

Derived forms of sniffle

  • sniffler, noun
  • sniffly, adjective

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