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sniffle

[snif-uh l] /ˈsnɪf əl/
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 of sniffle
1625-1635
1625-35; sniff + -le
Related forms
sniffler, noun
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  • Now in charge of my chips, sniffles called the turn on every roll.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Luella's eyes closed and her sniffles changed to a low howl.

    The Girl Scouts at Home Katherine Keene Galt
  • When I won it, I pulled my chips off the table, which sniffles didn't resist.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I made a break for it with the rest of the crowd, trying to keep my eye on sniffles.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His eyes snapped vindictively, while his ears joyed in the sniffles she emitted.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Now hear it once more, you that need to hear it—and damn all such poor pussyism as sniffles and whines and rejects it!

    The Lions of the Lord Harry Leon Wilson
  • I get a night letter every morning, and, of course, if one of them got the sniffles I'd be off home like a shot.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

  • So the gay party set out on the back track, a-keepin' step ter sobs an' sniffles, an' that's how kem they seen no harnt.

    The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for sniffles

sniffles

/ˈsnɪfəlz/
plural noun (informal)
1.
the sniffles, a cold in the head
2.
the sniffling that sometimes accompanies weeping or prolonged crying

sniffle

/ˈsnɪfəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested
noun
2.
the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling
Derived Forms
sniffler, noun
sniffly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sniffles

sniffle

v.

1819, frequentative form of sniff (v.). Related: Sniffled; sniffling. The sniffles "runny nose, head cold" is recorded from 1825. Sniffly (1897) tends to refer to physical symptoms, while sniffy (1858) means "scornful, disdainful and disagreeable." Snuffy "annoyed" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sniffles

sniff

verb

To inhale a narcotic powder; snort (1920s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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