American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pear-shaped goblet with a narrow top, used especially in serving brandy.
- n. Slang A small portion of liquor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sniff; snift.
- n. An audible passing of the breath through the nostrils; a sniff.
- n. plural The stoppage of the nostrils in catarrh.
- n. A dram; a nip.
- n. A severe storm; a blizzard.
- n. A small alcoholic drink.
- n. A pear-shaped glass for drinking brandy or other alcoholic beverages.
- n. a globular glass with a small top; used for serving brandy
- From Middle English snifteren, to sniff, perhaps of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I picked up the open bulb of glass that Margo had called a snifter and held it before me, watching the play of light in the red-brown fluid.”
“You've brought out the truth about that lost coin collection; you've saved Hopewell Drugg from becoming a regular reprobate -- at least, so says his mother-in-law; you've converted Walky Dexter from his habit of taking a 'snifter' ---- ”
“Before she was fairly clear of the harbour, though, there came a "snifter" from the hills that caught her unprepared, making her reel again, and giving us a desperate few minutes to scramble on board and hoist our boats up.”
“An invoice in the file lists one bottle of Teacher's whisky, known to be her drink of choice; one bottle of gin, a "snifter" of which was favoured by her husband, Denis; and 200”
“A translucent, chestnut-colored liquid is brought to the table in a snifter, where the server mists it with Armagnac—the diner thinks she is getting liqueur, but she is, in fact, drinking a perfectly clear squab consommé, redolent with the scent of the autumn hunt.”
“And one of the great innovations of 2009 was to create a sequence of game dishes, so that the diner moved from a snifter filled with squab consommé to a rabbit loin with cocoa-dusted foie gras ravioli to rabbit brains in hare “juice.””
“His hand, still holding the brandy snifter, shakes.”
“Always so good about anticipating my needs, Blanche brought me cognac in a crystal snifter.”
“Keshari poured herself a snifter of Courvoisier to steady her nerves, and then took out a few more blank pages of her stationery to write her next letter.”
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