sniffle

[ 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.

noun

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.

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Origin of sniffle

First recorded in 1625–35; sniff + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM sniffle

snif·fler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sniffle

sniffle
/ (ˈsnɪfəl) /

verb

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

noun

the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling

Derived forms of sniffle

sniffler, nounsniffly, adjective
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