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
Examples from the Web for snivelling
Philip told Charles that Mountbatten was dead and it was no good “snivelling” about this fact.
He made the husband a snivelling little creature, and the lover good-looking—that's the old game.Spring Days|George Moore
Why not have kept him here among the rest, and made a sneaking, snivelling pickpocket of him at once?Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
She had seen Letty snivelling and dirty; Letty shamed and humiliated.Mr. Britling Sees It Through|H. G. Wells
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for snivel
"mean-spirited, weak," 1640s, present-participle adjective from snivel (v.). Related: Snivellingly.
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.).