At sunset he quit, easy winner, and went without taking so much as a "snifter."
But picking up the sail in other blows and picking it up in a Cape Horn snifter is a horse of another color.
But he was just a snifter short on that potent and undisciplined drink.
For the love of goodness, Fritz, give me a snifter of tanglefoot!
He turned, snifter in hand, and it was easy to see that his privations had tried him sorely.
1844, "a drink of liquor," earlier "a sniff," from a Scottish and northern English survival of an obsolete verb snift meaning "to sniff, snivel" (mid-14c.), of imitative origin (cf. sniff (v.)). Meaning "large bulbous stemmed glass for drinking brandy" is from 1937. The association of "drinking liquor" with words for "inhaling, snuffling" (e.g. snort (n.), snootful) is perhaps borrowed from snuff-taking and the nasal reaction to it.
Contemptible; mean; nasty, esp in an insinuating way • Now used nearly exclusively in reference to remarks and persons who make them: A woman gets nothing but snide remarks about her driving skills
[1859+; origin unknown]