snivel

[ sniv-uh l ]
/ ˈsnɪv əl /

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.

to utter with sniveling or sniffling.

noun


Nearby words

  1. snit,
  2. snitch,
  3. snitch line,
  4. snitchy,
  5. snite,
  6. snivelling,
  7. snively,
  8. sno-cat,
  9. snob,
  10. snob appeal

Origin of snivel

1275–1325; Middle English snyvele; compare Old English snyflung (gerund), derivative of snofl mucus; cognate with Low German snüfeln

Related formssniv·el·er; especially British, sniv·el·ler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sniveler

snivel

/ (ˈsnɪvəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

(intr) to sniffle as a sign of distress, esp contemptibly
to utter (something) tearfully; whine
(intr) to have a runny nose

noun

an instance of snivelling
Derived Formssniveller, nounsnivelling, adjective, nounsnivelly, adjective

Word Origin for snivel

C14 snivelen; related to Old English snyflung mucus, Dutch snuffelen to smell out, Old Norse snoppa snout

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Word Origin and History for sniveler

snivel

v.

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.).

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