snivelled

snivel

[sniv-uhl]
verb (used without object), sniveled, sniveling or (especially British) snivelled, snivelling.
1.
to weep or cry with sniffling.
2.
to affect a tearful state; whine.
3.
to run at the nose; have a runny nose: She sniveled from the cold.
4.
to draw up mucus audibly through the nose: Stop sniveling and use your handkerchief.
verb (used with object), sniveled, sniveling or (especially British) snivelled, snivelling.
5.
to utter with sniveling or sniffling.
noun
6.
weak, whining, or pretended weeping.
7.
a light sniffle, as in weeping.
8.
a hypocritical show of feeling: a sentimental snivel.
9.
mucus running from the nose.
10.
snivels, a sniveling condition; a slight cold; sniffles (usually preceded by the ).

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English snyvele; compare Old English snyflung (gerund), derivative of snofl mucus; cognate with Low German snüfeln

sniveler; especially British, sniveller, noun
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snivel (ˈsnɪvəl)
 
vb , (US) -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
1.  (intr) to sniffle as a sign of distress, esp contemptibly
2.  to utter (something) tearfully; whine
3.  (intr) to have a runny nose
 
n
4.  an instance of snivelling
 
[C14 snivelen; related to Old English snyflung mucus, Dutch snuffelen to smell out, Old Norse snoppa snout]
 
'sniveller
 
n
 
'snivelling
 
adj, —n
 
'snivelly
 
adj

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snivel
O.E. *snyflan "to run at the nose" (cf. snyflung "running of the nose"), related to snofl "nasal mucus." Meaning "to be in an (affected) tearful state" is from 1690. Snivelling "mean-spirited, weak" is recorded from 1647; Melville coined snivelization (1849).
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