- 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
Related Words for sniveledgripe, whimper, whine, groan, shine, sob, sniff, blubber, weep, complain, fret, sniffle
Examples from the Web for sniveled
Historical Examples of sniveled
If he exists, he has assumed a less offensive form than when he ate muffins and sniveled inanity in Mrs. Snagsby's back room.Caricature and Other Comic Art
"Honestly, I didn't think it would kill anything but ragweed," Henry sniveled miserably.Henry Horn's X-Ray Eye Glasses
Dwight V. Swain
She may have sniveled a good deal, but she was capable of loving some one else better than herself.Atlantic Classics
Part of the time I sniveled and part of the time Allie sniveled, and once or twice we were all three all balled up in our throats.At Good Old Siwash
Brent sank weakly into his chair and began to whimper: "I'm as good a man as I ever was," he sniveled.Snowdrift
James B. Hendryx
- (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 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.).