- 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 snivelling
Philip told Charles that Mountbatten was dead and it was no good “snivelling” about this fact.The Prince Turns 90
June 10, 2011
From laughter and tears the descent is easy to snivelling and giggles.Notes on My Books
Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.The Huntress
I never could become an ill-used, suffering, snivelling wife.Cruel As The Grave
Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He stood over there beside you, snivelling into his red bandanna.The Maids of Paradise
Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Judy was snivelling and sobbing in the most woebegone manner.Jane Allen: Center
- (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 snivelling
"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.).