[ snuhf-uhl ]
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verb (used without object),snuf·fled, snuf·fling.
  1. to draw air into the nose for the purpose of smelling something; snuff.

  2. to draw the breath or mucus through the nostrils in an audible or noisy manner; sniffle.

  1. to speak through the nose or with a nasal twang.

  2. to whine; snivel.

verb (used with object),snuf·fled, snuf·fling.
  1. to utter in a snuffling or nasal tone.

  1. an act or sound of snuffling.

  2. (the) snuffles, a condition of the nose, as from a cold, causing snuffling.

  1. a nasal tone of voice.

Origin of snuffle

First recorded in 1575–85; from Dutch snuffelen “to nose (in something),” derivative of snuffen “to sniff,” with -el- frequentative suffix; see snuff1, -le

Other words from snuffle

  • snuffler, noun
  • snuf·fling·ly, adverb
  • snuffly, adjective

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How to use snuffle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snuffle


/ (ˈsnʌfəl) /

  1. (intr) to breathe noisily or with difficulty

  2. to say or speak in a nasal tone

  1. (intr) to snivel

  1. an act or the sound of snuffling

  2. a nasal tone or voice

  1. the snuffles a condition characterized by snuffling

Origin of snuffle

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

Derived forms of snuffle

  • snuffler, noun
  • snuffly, adjective

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