verb (used without object), sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing or (especially British) sniv·elled, sniv·el·ling.
verb (used with object), sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing or (especially British) sniv·elled, sniv·el·ling.
Origin of snivel
Related Words for snivelgripe, whimper, whine, groan, shine, sob, sniff, blubber, weep, complain, fret, sniffle
Examples from the Web for snivel
Historical Examples of 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.
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin 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.).