Definition of snivel in English:

snivel

Syllabification: sniv·el
Pronunciation: /ˈsnivəl
 
/

verb (snivels, sniveling, sniveled ; British snivels, snivelling, snivelled)

[no object]

noun

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  • A slight sniff indicating suppressed emotion or crying: Lucy’s torrent of howls weakened to a snivel
    More example sentences
    • Eric held back a reminiscent snivel, but the two voices heard it.
    • The snivel, therefore, from our mines to to jack up its delivery services is not only opportune but one which should be taken seriously.
    • There are certainly a few sniffs and snivels circulating the corridors of financial power in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt.

Derivatives

sniveler

noun
More example sentences
  • Grizzled veterans will squint into the sun, look you up and down, and warn that it is definitely not a race for snivellers.
  • In fact I won ‘sniveller of the year’ one year, according to a newspaper.
  • The creation of a generation of snivelers continues…

snivelingly

adverb
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  • He's so snivellingly hateful and bitter.
  • They worked hard for their home, so how dare I snivellingly lay claim to any of it?
  • Only, and only then have I snivellingly taken back a post.

Origin

late Old English (recorded only in the verbal noun snyflung 'mucus'), from snofl, in the same sense; compare with snuffle.

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