snifter

[ snif-ter ]
/ ˈsnɪf tər /

noun

Also called inhaler. a pear-shaped glass, narrowing at the top to intensify the aroma of brandy, liqueur, etc.
Informal. a very small drink of liquor.

Origin of snifter

1840–50; derivative of snifter to sniff, snivel, Middle English snyfter; imitative
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snifter
/ (ˈsnɪftə) /

noun

a pear-shaped glass with a short stem and a bowl that narrows towards the top so that the aroma of brandy or a liqueur is retained
informal a small quantity of alcoholic drink

Word Origin for snifter

C19: perhaps from dialect snifter to sniff, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish snifta (obsolete) to sniff
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