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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To snuffle.

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

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


Frequentative of sniff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sniff +‎ -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”) (Wiktionary)



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