[snuhf-uh l]

verb (used without object), snuf·fled, snuf·fling.

verb (used with object), snuf·fled, snuf·fling.

to utter in a snuffling or nasal tone.


Nearby words

  1. snuff stick,
  2. snuff-box,
  3. snuff-dipping,
  4. snuffbox,
  5. snuffer,
  6. snuffy,
  7. snug,
  8. snug as a bug in a rug,
  9. snuggery,
  10. snuggies

Origin of snuffle

1575–85; < Dutch snuffelen to nose (in something), derivative of snuffen to snuff1 with frequentative suffix -el-; see -le

Related formssnuf·fler, nounsnuf·fling·ly, adverbsnuf·fly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snuffle



(intr) to breathe noisily or with difficulty
to say or speak in a nasal tone
(intr) to snivel


an act or the sound of snuffling
a nasal tone or voice
the snuffles a condition characterized by snuffling
Derived Formssnuffler, nounsnuffly, adjective

Word Origin for snuffle

C16: from Low German or Dutch snuffelen; see snuff 1, snivel

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Word Origin and History for snuffle
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Medicine definitions for snuffle




To breathe noisily, as through a blocked nose.


The act of snuffling.
snuffles Obstructed nasal respiration, especially in a newborn, sometimes due to congenital syphilis.

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