Definition of sniffle in English:


Line breaks: snif¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈsnɪf(ə)l


[no object]
Sniff slightly or repeatedly, typically because of a cold or fit of crying: Claire rubbed her nose, sniffling loudly
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  • She nodded slightly and sniffled back some tears as she fell in behind him in a slow walk.
  • Well, there's nothing quite as common as a summer cold, sniffling and burbling and croaking about the place like a London taxi driver on a foggy night.
  • He sniffled slightly; he had been crying silent tears for what felt to be near two hours.


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1An act or sound of sniffing: he was restraining his sniffles rather well
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  • It was a mixture of strange choking sounds and long sniffles.
  • She looked up as soon as the sounds of sniffles entered the room.
  • On the other line, she heard the sound of sniffles and muffled sobs.
1.1A head cold causing a running nose and sniffing: she had a slight cough and a sniffle
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  • Why suffer with the sniffles when real relief from that cold is just a word away.
  • When word came that Iron Mike had been floored by a virulent attack of the sniffles, his disconsolate well-wishers had to shuffle off without meeting their thick-necked hero.
  • If you find yourself with a case of the sniffles that lasts longer than the average cold, you may be among the growing number of people who suffer from hay fever.


mid 17th century: imitative; compare with snivel.



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  • So are your little snifflers suffering from allergies - or could they have a cold or virus?
  • Not only that, but when the snifflers get to see the doctor more quickly, that results in more snifflers making more visits to the doctor.
  • You will be safe around a house filled with snifflers and germs that are airborne from sneezers, and from flu symptom sufferers.


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  • In some situations, I might even demand that an employee who looks sniffly take a test, and go home if he's too contagious.
  • I've had a sniffly nose most of this week (I swear I'm allergic to Town Hall train station, it makes my nose go all funny whenever I go there).
  • I have been getting all sniffly and sentimental.

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