Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To inhale a short, audible breath through the nose, as in smelling something.
  • intransitive verb To sniffle.
  • intransitive verb To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating.
  • intransitive verb To regard something in a contemptuous or dismissive manner.
  • intransitive verb Informal To pry; snoop.
  • intransitive verb To inhale forcibly through the nose.
  • intransitive verb To smell, as in savoring or investigating.
  • intransitive verb To perceive or detect by or as if by sniffing.
  • intransitive verb To utter in a contemptuous or haughty manner.
  • noun An instance or the sound of sniffing.
  • noun Something sniffed or perceived by or as if by sniffing; a whiff.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To draw air through the nose in short audible inspirations, as an expression of scorn; snuff: often with at.
  • To draw in with the breath through the nose; smell of with an audible inhalation; snuff: as, to sniff the fragrance of a clover-field.
  • To perceive as by snuffing; smell; scent: as, to sniff danger.
  • To draw the breath through (the nose) in an unpleasantly audible manner.
  • noun The act of sniffing; a single short audible inspiration through the nose.
  • noun Perception of smell obtained by inhaling audibly; that which is taken by sniffing: as, a sniff of fresh air.
  • noun The sound produced by passing the breath through the nose with a quick effort; a short, quick snuffle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.
  • noun The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing.
  • transitive verb To draw in with the breath through the nose.
  • transitive verb To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An instance of sniffing.
  • noun A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose
  • noun A brief perception
  • verb transitive, intransitive To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.
  • verb To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness
  • verb transitive To perceive vaguely
  • verb To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.

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

  • verb inhale audibly through the nose
  • noun sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
  • verb perceive by inhaling through the nose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sniffen, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

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  • (Even though I dont know her that well, * sniff sniff*)

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  • Except today, I had such a great time in peer tutoring, I helped this one kid, and like he didnt get what the teacher had been saying all week, and the helper teacher tried to help, and he still didnt get it, and then I showed him, and he was like thank you, I finally understand ... and * sniff sniff* it almost brought a tear to my eyes ... lol.

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  • Some old lady or man talking about having group sex after a Rush concert in 1978, crying * sniff sniff* "Thats when i realized i hit rockbottom"

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  • Although I no longer have a baby in the house * sniff sniff* I was eager to check out the new book by Desmond Morris Amazing Baby.

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