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British English: /snɪf/
American English: /snɪf/

Translation of sniff in French:


  • 2 (inhalation) a single sniff of this substance can be fatal
    une seule inhalation de cette substance peut être mortelle
    to take a sniff of
    sentir (perfume, cheese)
    let me have a sniff
    laisse-moi sentir
  • 3 [figurative] (slight scent) there was a sniff of corruption in the air
    cela sentait la corruption
    there has never been a sniff of scandal
    il n'y a jamais eu le moindre soupçon de scandale
    I didn't get a sniff of the profits
    je n'ai pas vu la couleur des bénéfices
    I didn't get a sniff of the ball
    je n'ai pas eu le ballon une seule fois

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • [literal]
    [figurative] (person)
    faire une moue
    to sniff at something
    renifler (food, liquid)
    faire la grimace à (suggestion, idea)
    faire la fine bouche devant (dish, food)
    a free car/a 10% pay rise is not to be sniffed at
    une voiture gratuite/une augmentation de 10%, ça ne se refuse pas

Phrasal verbs

sniff out

sniff out [something]
flairer (explosives, drugs)
[figurative] (journalist)
flairer (scandal)
dénicher (culprit)
flairer (bargain)
Definition of sniff in:
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