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snuffle

[ snuhf-uhl ]
/ ˈsnʌf əl /
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verb (used without object), snuf·fled, snuf·fling.
verb (used with object), snuf·fled, snuf·fling.
to utter in a snuffling or nasal tone.
noun
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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, nounsnuf·fling·ly, adverbsnuffly, adjective
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How to use snuffle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snuffle

snuffle
/ (ˈsnʌfəl) /

verb
(intr) to breathe noisily or with difficulty
to say or speak in a nasal tone
(intr) to snivel
noun
an act or the sound of snuffling
a nasal tone or voice
the snuffles a condition characterized by snuffling

Derived forms of snuffle

snuffler, nounsnuffly, adjective

Word Origin for snuffle

C16: from Low German or Dutch snuffelen; see snuff 1, snivel
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Medical definitions for snuffle

snuffle
[ snŭfəl ]

v.
To breathe noisily, as through a blocked nose.
n.
The act of snuffling.
snuffles Obstructed nasal respiration, especially in a newborn, sometimes due to congenital syphilis.
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