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snivel

[ sniv-uhl ]
/ ˈsnɪv əl /
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Definition of snivel

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
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Origin of snivel

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English snyvele; compare Old English snyflung “sniveling,” derivative of snofl “mucus”; cognate with Low German snüfeln

OTHER WORDS FROM snivel

sniv·el·er; especially British, sniv·el·ler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for snivel

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 forms of snivel

sniveller, 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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