- 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
Examples from the Web for sniffle
But no matter, we are allergic and getting more allergic, hear us roar (and sniffle and whine and hack).Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
Let's not have a sniffle," the chorus continues—"Let's have a bloody good cry.Remembering Liam Clancy
December 10, 2009
First thing, I warn you not to sniffle and get sorry for yourself.Molly Brown's Orchard Home
Ill tell you everything, he said, with a sniffle, just wait a second.Deering of Deal
He shook hands with his opponent, who, stung by the rebuke, now began to sniffle.The Magnificent Adventure
Cant and vice and sniffle have groaned over these pages before.Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today
Henry Eduard Legler
There was a sound that might have been a sniffle if it had come from anyone else.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
- (intr) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested
- the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling
Word Origin and History for sniffle
1819, frequentative form of sniff (v.). Related: Sniffled; sniffling. The sniffles "runny nose, head cold" is recorded from 1825. Sniffly (1897) tends to refer to physical symptoms, while sniffy (1858) means "scornful, disdainful and disagreeable." Snuffy "annoyed" is from 1670s.