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.
Origin of snivel
Related Words for snivelinggripe, whimper, whine, groan, shine, sob, sniff, blubber, weep, complain, fret, sniffle
Examples from the Web for sniveling
Historical Examples of 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
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
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.).