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snifter

[snif-ter] /ˈsnɪf tər/
noun
1.
Also called inhaler. a pear-shaped glass, narrowing at the top to intensify the aroma of brandy, liqueur, etc.
2.
Informal. a very small drink of liquor.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; derivative of snifter to sniff, snivel, Middle English snyfter; imitative
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  • The result is a thick revelation that's best sipped from a snifter or chalice.
British Dictionary definitions for snifter

snifter

/ˈsnɪftə/
noun
1.
a pear-shaped glass with a short stem and a bowl that narrows towards the top so that the aroma of brandy or a liqueur is retained
2.
(informal) a small quantity of alcoholic drink
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from dialect snifter to sniff, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish snifta (obsolete) to sniff
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Word Origin and History for snifter
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snifter

sniffer

noun

A cocaine user or addict: The Baron was ''a sniffer'' himself (1920s+ Narcotics)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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