to weep or cry with sniffling.
to affect a tearful state; whine.
to run at the nose; have a runny nose: She sniveled from the cold.
to draw up mucus audibly through the nose: Stop sniveling and use your handkerchief.
to utter with sniveling or sniffling.
weak, whining, or pretended weeping.
a light sniffle, as in weeping.
a hypocritical show of feeling: a sentimental snivel.
mucus running from the nose.
(the) snivels, a sniveling condition; a slight cold; the sniffles.
- sniv·el·er; especially British, sniv·el·ler, noun
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How to use snivel in a sentence
I, the Socman, am shorn of my lands that you may snivel Latin and eat bread for which you never did hand's turn.The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
There was a snivel of delight on the face of the rascal who had formerly spoken, and who now responded to his chief's invitation.The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton
I dont snivel about what you call moral obligations; I only recognize money obligations.The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting
The boy was sniveling too, but I took notice it wasn't a scared snivel—it was a mad snivel, if you all know what I mean.Back Home | Irvin S. Cobb
Whatever you do (and I address myself in particular to you in the furthest), never snivel.
British Dictionary definitions for snivel
(intr) to sniffle as a sign of distress, esp contemptibly
to utter (something) tearfully; whine
(intr) to have a runny nose
an instance of snivelling
- sniveller, noun
- snivelling, adjective, noun
- snivelly, adjective
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