sniffle

[snif-uhl]
verb (used without object), sniffled, sniffling.
1.
to sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold or in repressing tears: She sniffled woefully.
noun
2.
an act or sound of sniffling.
3.
sniffles, a condition, as a cold, marked by sniffling (usually preceded by the ): This draft is giving me the sniffles.

Origin:
1625–35; sniff + -le

sniffler, noun
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sniffle (ˈsnɪfəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested
 
n
2.  the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling
 
'sniffler
 
n
 
'sniffly
 
adj

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sniffle
1819, frequentative form of sniff. The sniffles "runny nose, head cold" is recorded from 1825.
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Example sentences
Every sniffle and every cough is going to be scrutinized, awakening fears of the ominously named swine flu virus.
Every sniffle and every cough is going to be scrutinized, awakening fears of the ominously named swine flu virus.
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