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sniffle

[snif-uhl]
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:
1625–35; sniff + -le

sniffler, noun
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sniffle (ˈsnɪfəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to breathe audibly through the nose, as when the nasal passages are congested
 
n
2.  the act, sound, or an instance of sniffling
 
'sniffler
 
n
 
'sniffly
 
adj

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sniffle
1819, frequentative form of sniff. The sniffles "runny nose, head cold" is recorded from 1825.
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