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

  • intransitive verb To breathe audibly through a runny or congested nose.
  • intransitive verb To weep or whimper lightly with spasmodic congestion of the nose.
  • noun The act or sound of sniffling.
  • noun A condition, such as a head cold, accompanied by congestion of the nose. Used with the.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To snuffle.

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

  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh.

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

  • verb intransitive To make a whimpering or sniffing sound when breathing because of a runny nose.
  • noun The act, or the sound of sniffling; the condition of having a runny or wet nose, as from a cold or allergies.

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

  • noun the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
  • verb inhale audibly through the nose
  • verb cry or whine with snuffling


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

[Frequentative of sniff.]

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sniff +‎ -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”)


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