[ sniv-uh l ]
/ ˈsnɪv əl /
verb (used without object), sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing or (especially British) sniv·elled, sniv·el·ling.
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.
verb (used with object), sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing or (especially British) sniv·elled, sniv·el·ling.
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
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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Examples from the Web for sniveler
He had great respect for the feelings and convictions of others, but he was not a sniveler.Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?|John B. Remsburg
British Dictionary definitions for sniveler
/ (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
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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