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
Examples from the Web for snivel
But he could talk about it jokingly now, although Sister was inclined to snivel a little over his danger.Hiram The Young Farmer|Burbank L. Todd
At this Mr. Kelly began to snivel and moan, while two tears rolled down his hairy nose.Two in a Zoo|Curtis Dunham
And when you speak of sniveling Puritans, speak of them that do snivel.Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People|Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Mr. Snivel is seen, on the night after the secret interview at the Charleston Hotel, in a happy mood, passing down King street.
Mr. Snivel winks the vote-cribber into a corner, and commences interrogating him concerning Mag Munday.
British Dictionary definitions for snivel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for snivel
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.).