- 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
Examples from the Web for sniveling
Come, come; don't go to sniveling; be a good girl, and mind the main chance.The Contrast
Augustine went off, sobbing and sniveling, dragging her feet in the snow.L'Assommoir
From sobbing, Miss Winthrop dwindled to sniveling, and there she stopped.
She did not care about him, so what was she sniveling about and making her nose all red?
What care have we for monastery bells and sniveling priests!Vanished Halls and Cathedrals of France
George Warton Edwards
- (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 and History for sniveling
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.).