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snuffle

[snuhf-uhl]
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:
1575–85; < Dutch snuffelen to nose (in something), derivative of snuffen to snuff1 with frequentative suffix -el-; see -le

snuffler, noun
snufflingly, adverb
snuffly, adjective
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snuffle (ˈsnʌfəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to breathe noisily or with difficulty
2.  to say or speak in a nasal tone
3.  (intr) to snivel
 
n
4.  an act or the sound of snuffling
5.  a nasal tone or voice
6.  the snuffles a condition characterized by snuffling
 
[C16: from Low German or Dutch snuffelen; see snuff1, snivel]
 
'snuffler
 
n
 
'snuffly
 
adj

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snuffle
1583, from Du. or Flem. snuffelen "to sniff about, pry," related to Du. and Flem. snuffen "to sniff" (see snuff (2)).
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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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