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snuffle

[snuhf-uh l] /ˈsnʌf əl/
verb (used without object), snuffled, snuffling.
1.
to draw air into the nose for the purpose of smelling something; snuff.
2.
to draw the breath or mucus through the nostrils in an audible or noisy manner; sniffle; snivel.
3.
to speak through the nose or with a nasal twang.
4.
to whine; snivel.
verb (used with object), snuffled, snuffling.
5.
to utter in a snuffling or nasal tone.
noun
6.
an act or sound of snuffling.
7.
snuffles, a condition of the nose, as from a cold, causing snuffling (usually preceded by the).
8.
a nasal tone of voice.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Dutch snuffelen to nose (in something), derivative of snuffen to snuff1 with frequentative suffix -el-; see -le
Related forms
snuffler, noun
snufflingly, adverb
snuffly, adjective
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  • At low tide, pigs snuffle among the offal and rubbish, and little boys with sticks search for crabs and mussels.
British Dictionary definitions for snuffle

snuffle

/ˈsnʌfəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to breathe noisily or with difficulty
2.
to say or speak in a nasal tone
3.
(intransitive) to snivel
noun
4.
an act or the sound of snuffling
5.
a nasal tone or voice
6.
the snuffles, a condition characterized by snuffling
Derived Forms
snuffler, noun
snuffly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Low German or Dutch snuffelen; see snuff1, snivel
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Word Origin and History for snuffle
v.

1580s, from Dutch or Flemish snuffelen "to sniff about, pry," related to Dutch and Flemish snuffen "to sniff" (see snuff (v.2)). Related: Snuffled; snuffling.

n.

1764, "sound made by snuffling," from snuffle (v.). Old English had snofl (n.) "phlegm, mucus." The snuffles "troublesome mucous discharge from the nostrils" is from 1770.

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snuffle in Medicine

snuffle snuf·fle (snŭf'əl)
v. snuf·fled, snuf·fling, snuf·fles
To breathe noisily, as through a blocked nose. n.

  1. The act of snuffling.

  2. snuffles Obstructed nasal respiration, especially in a newborn, sometimes due to congenital syphilis.

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