from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To sniffle.
- intransitive v. To complain or whine tearfully.
- intransitive v. To run at the nose.
- n. The act of sniffling or sniveling.
- n. Nasal mucus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To breathe heavily through the nose; to sniffle.
- v. To whine or complain, whilst crying.
- n. the act of snivelling
- n. nasal mucus; snot
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise.
- intransitive v. To cry or whine with snuffling, as children; to cry weakly or whiningly.
- n. Mucus from the nose; snot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mucus running from the nose; snot.
- n. Figuratively, in contempt, weak, forced, or pretended weeping; hypocritical expressions of sorrow or repentance, especially in a nasal tone; hypocrisy; cant.
- To run at the nose.
- To draw up the mucus audibly through the nose; snuff.
- To cry, weep, or fret, as children, with snuffing or sniveling.
- Figuratively, to utter hypocritical expressions of contrition or regret, especially with a nasal tone; affect a tearful or repentant state.
- To suffer to be covered, as the nose or face, with snivel or nasal mucus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk in a tearful manner
- n. the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
- v. snuff up mucus through the nose
- v. cry or whine with snuffling
- n. whining in a tearful manner
Middle English snivelen, from Old English *snyflan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)