Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unpleasant smell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To quarrel; be offended.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unpleasant smell

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Examples

  • This description ends with the words, “… and walruses wif teef nike niff.”

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  • There was a smell about the place, which I imagined as the smell of misery and fear, though I supposed it was no more than the niff of ancient squalor and an absence of drains.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The general historical niff level would only be worthy of comment to a time traveller.

    Sense of smell in historical fiction

  • After dinner Billy Ray went off to niff, and I went over to the library to see about Browning.

    Futures Imperfect

  • At length, however, she departed, grumbling between her teeth, that she wad rather lock up a haill ward than be fiking about thae niff-naffy gentles that gae sae muckle fash wi’ their fancies.

    Chapter XLIV

  • They also told me that when you got close to them, they had a "'trong,' trong 'niff;' niff too much."

    Travels in West Africa

  • At length, however, she departed, grumbling between her teeth, that 'she wad rather lock up a haill ward than be fiking about thae niff-naffy gentles that gae sae muckle fash wi' their fancies. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • But in time he came to feel that merely stifling the piggy niff was unambitious: the vast lakes of pigshit produced at hog farms ought in some way to be a revenue source rather than a waste product.

    The Register

  • If he's done time for it and then on the 21st time he gets left to stroll around in the niff, what will be the:

    Army Rumour Service

  • No niff naff, no pissing around with unasnwered questions, finally a storyline is opened and resolved ... albeit in a rather macabre fashion.

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  • JM knowns a niff is not nifty and turns his nose up at it.

    February 17, 2011

  • "There was a smell about the place, which I imagined as the smell of misery and fear, though I supposed it was no more than the niff of ancient squalor and an absence of drains."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 704

    January 1, 2010