- 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.
- snivels, a sniveling condition; a slight cold; sniffles (usually preceded by the).
Origin of snivel
Examples from the Web for snivel
When the blows fell, he held his breath, but he did not snivel.
When the blows fell, he held his breath, but did not snivel.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
Mr. Snivel has placed himself against it, begs she will be calm.
I am so glad—But (Mr. Snivel interrupts himself) never mind that!
Mr. Snivel frets his fingers through his beard, and bows with an easy grace.
- (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
Word Origin and History for snivel
Old English *snyflan "to run at the nose" (cf. snyflung "running of the nose"), related to snofl "nasal mucus;" see snout. Meaning "to be in an (affected) tearful state" is from 1680s. Related: Snivelled; snivelling. As a noun from 14c. Melville coined snivelization (1849). Middle English had contemptuous term snivelard (n.).