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

Translation of sniff in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 2 (say scornfully)
    decir con desdén or desdeñosamente
    Example sentences
    • In the past, some elitists have sniffed at her for precisely these reasons, but her fans love her as much for who she is as for her beautiful voice.
    • Five years ago we just would not even have sniffed at those awards.
    • The predator sniffed at her prey once more, suddenly doubting that she had caught a genuine mate.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (person)stop sniffing!
    ¡no hagas ese ruido con la nariz!
    ¡no te sorbas la nariz!
    I miss him, she said sniffing
    —lo echo de menos —dijo, tratando de no llorar
    she sniffed audibly when I told her how much it had cost
    resopló cuando le dije cuánto había costado
    to sniff at something
    oler algo
    olfatear or olisquear algo
  • 2 (be dismissive)to sniff at something/somebody
    despreciar or desdeñar algo/a alguien
    it's not to be sniffed at
    no es de despreciar or desdeñar
    no es para hacerle ascos [colloquial]


  • 1 (act, sound) I heard sobs and sniffs coming from her bedroom
    oí sollozos y resuellos que venían de su habitación
    she gave a sniff to clear her nose
    aspiró fuerte para despejarse la nariz
    she gave a sniff and turned her back on me
    dio un resoplido y me volvió la espalda
    to have a sniff of something
    oler algo
    have a sniff of this
    huele esto
    one sniff of the gas and he felt drowsy
    con una inhalación del gas ya se sintió adormecido
    Example sentences
    • The sounds of her occasional sniffs could be heard.
    • The soft kid slippers she wore on her feet made a sound like short quick sniffs.
    • The sound of an occasional sniff twisted the pain even deeper.
  • 2 (smell)
    olor (masculine)
    olorcillo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • He look a deep sniff of the substance and smiled.
    • Keep them there for a while, just long enough for them to have been put through the mill a bit and caught a sniff of final victory, then rip the carpet from under them at the very last minute.
    • But you can definitely see some clubs having a bit of a sniff of him because the lad has a lot to offer.

Phrasal verbs

sniff out

verb + adverb + object
descubrir husmeando or olfateando
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