sniff

[snif]
verb (used without object)
1.
to draw air through the nose in short, audible inhalations.
2.
to clear the nose by so doing; sniffle.
3.
to smell by short inhalations.
4.
to show disdain, contempt, etc., by or as by sniffing.
verb (used with object)
5.
to perceive by or as by smelling: to sniff a scandal.
6.
to inhale through the nose: to sniff the air.
noun
7.
an act of sniffing; a single, short, audible inhalation.
8.
the sound made by such an act.
9.
a scent or odor perceived: a sniff of perfume.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; back formation from snivel

sniffingly, adverb
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sniff (snɪf)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by at)
1.  to inhale through the nose, usually in short rapid audible inspirations, as for the purpose of identifying a scent, for clearing a congested nasal passage, or for taking a drug or intoxicating fumes
2.  to perceive or attempt to perceive (a smell) by inhaling through the nose
 
n
3.  the act or sound of sniffing
4.  a smell perceived by sniffing, esp a faint scent
 
[C14: probably related to snivelen to snivel]
 
'sniffing
 
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

sniff
mid-14c., of imitative origin; possibly related to snyvelen (see snivel). As a synonym for smell (v.) it dates from 1845. In ref. to cocaine from 1925. The noun is first recorded 1767; the scornful sense is from 1859.
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Slang Dictionary

sniff definition


  1. n.
    a drink of liquor. (See also snort.) : I'd like just a sniff of that Scotch.
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Sniff definition


A C++/C programming environment providing browsing, cross-referencing, design visualisation, documentation and editing support. Developed by UBS Switzerland and marketed by takeFive Salzburg.
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sniff definition


poll

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Example sentences
The result, slimy with unfeasible plotting, will gratify those who sniff out
  all politics as a conspiratorial murk.
Sissy-Louise can sniff out a bed being made with fresh sheets from the dryer
  from the other end of the house, out on the patio.
They've had high-school kids around their schoolyard trying to get them to
  sniff glue.
Rather than be rushed, the dog had stopped to sniff a meter.
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