- 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 sniffles
He was offered a tissue for his sniffles and he wiped his nose and eyes.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Three: The Defense Gets Steamrolled
June 14, 2012
Luella's eyes closed and her sniffles changed to a low howl.The Girl Scouts at Home
Katherine Keene Galt
Now in charge of my chips, Sniffles called the turn on every roll.
When I won it, I pulled my chips off the table, which Sniffles didn't resist.
I made a break for it with the rest of the crowd, trying to keep my eye on Sniffles.
Is you able, Jehoshaphat, t have the doctor from Sniffles Arm for your woman!Every Man for Himself
- the sniffles a cold in the head
- the sniffling that sometimes accompanies weeping or prolonged crying
- (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 sniffles
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.