Definition of sniffle in English:

sniffle

verb

[no object]
  • Sniff slightly or repeatedly, typically because of a cold or fit of crying.

    ‘Claire rubbed her nose, sniffling loudly’
    • ‘She nodded slightly and sniffled back some tears as she fell in behind him in a slow walk.’
    • ‘Well, there's nothing quite as common as a summer cold, sniffling and burbling and croaking about the place like a London taxi driver on a foggy night.’
    • ‘He sniffled slightly; he had been crying silent tears for what felt to be near two hours.’
    • ‘One woman was sniffling from a cold she had acquired during the morning.’
    • ‘He was sniffling because of a cold and limping because of a back problem.’
    • ‘She wiped her eyes, with the back of her hand, sniffling slightly, but as quietly as she could.’
    • ‘She sat there, sniffling still with her cold, and wondered what on earth she was going to wear.’
    • ‘I gave her shoulder a squeeze and she put her head on my shoulder, sniffling slightly.’
    • ‘I started to turn away, making to get up and head to the restroom to find some tissue as I sniffled slightly.’
    • ‘She then looked down and wiped her eyes with her hand and sniffled slightly.’
    • ‘My grandmother sniffled slightly as she bent down and set plastic flowers in the flower cup.’
    • ‘Slightly reassured by this, the girl sniffled and wiped her tears away with the back of her hand.’
    • ‘It's the big climactic chapter that had her first whimpering, then sniffling, and finally cheering.’
    • ‘Chris stops crying, sniffling through his nose to catch his breath again.’
    • ‘The drive home was a silent one, marked only by my sister sniffling loudly and elongated every twenty seconds.’
    • ‘I sighed in defeat and wiped away the remainder of my tears, sniffling.’
    • ‘I slipped my hand out of his and sniffling back tears I didn't even know I had, I rushed away.’
    • ‘Suddenly her tears turned into sniffling, which grew into sobs that shook her whole body.’
    • ‘At the name of her son, the girl started sniffling, and fresh tears came to her eyes.’
    • ‘Catching his breath while sniffling up his tears, he sat down at the edge of the garden.’
    sniffle, snuffle, run at the nose, have a running nose, have a runny nose

noun

  • 1An act or sound of sniffing.

    ‘he was restraining his sniffles rather well’
    • ‘It was a mixture of strange choking sounds and long sniffles.’
    • ‘She looked up as soon as the sounds of sniffles entered the room.’
    • ‘On the other line, she heard the sound of sniffles and muffled sobs.’
    • ‘I choked back another round of tears and listened for a sound between my sniffles.’
    • ‘The only sound in the room apart from his sniffles was the sound of the clock on the wall ticking.’
    • ‘When her sobs had turned to sniffles, she pulled back, looking up at him with frightened eyes.’
    • ‘‘Sorry,’ I muttered between sniffles as he looked down at his damp shirt.’
    • ‘Her breathing was coming easier, her sobs turning into sniffles.’
    • ‘Jamie heard sniffles behind her and turned around on her heel and gave Beth a look of pity.’
    • ‘The only sound was the light chatter of staff across the hall and the occasional sniffle and page turning from the man with the book in the doorway.’
    • ‘I heard a sniffle, before Joey turned over to face me with a weak smile.’
    • ‘Then she heard a sniffle and turned right around and walked towards the back of the room.’
    • ‘I then heard a sound that was suspiciously like a sniffle.’
    • ‘We walked without a word for five minutes or so; the only sound heard being her occasional sniffle or stifle of a sob.’
    • ‘The only noise came from the hum of the tires on the highway and Lizzie's intermittent sniffles; she pulled herself up from the floor and stepped carefully into the front seat where Jake was staring intently at the road.’
    • ‘The sobs were reduced to sniffles, and in silent wonderment, they looked at each other, together at last.’
    • ‘Bringing her hands up she wiped them away and looked up at him with a sniffle.’
    • ‘She sat up, dazed and confused, then, with a small sniffle and a larger smile, looked at her roommate.’
    • ‘There were a few times where hopes were found and then dashed, followed by sniffles throughout the audience.’
    • ‘There were many sniffles heard in the rows in front of me by the end of the play.’
    whine, cry, sniffle, snivel, sob, moan, bleat, mewl, wail, groan
    1. 1.1A head cold causing a running nose and sniffing.
      ‘she had a slight cough and a sniffle’
      • ‘Why suffer with the sniffles when real relief from that cold is just a word away.’
      • ‘When word came that Iron Mike had been floored by a virulent attack of the sniffles, his disconsolate well-wishers had to shuffle off without meeting their thick-necked hero.’
      • ‘If you find yourself with a case of the sniffles that lasts longer than the average cold, you may be among the growing number of people who suffer from hay fever.’
      • ‘Even so, I'm prepared for a winter of the sniffles.’
      • ‘Whether it's rich chicken with dumplings to chase the sniffles away or zesty carrot, we've got it covered.’
      • ‘His father was ill, perhaps with the sniffles or maybe just a headache.’
      • ‘I popped a few Vitamin C tablets during the day and hoped the sniffles and sneezing would just go away.’
      • ‘You get a flu shot every fall, take a daily multivitamin and load up on zinc as soon as the sniffles start.’
      • ‘Drink a hot tea made from fresh ginger, garlic and cumin seed to cure the sniffles.’
      • ‘For workers who get paid by the hour, staying home with the sniffles is a pipe dream.’
      • ‘Searching for ways to fight against the sniffles leads to a healthier menu and that is definitely a plus any time of the year.’
      • ‘The sniffles turn into a really sore throat, you start to cough up green or yellow coloured phlegm and you begin to run a fever.’
      • ‘A patient exhibiting a low-grade fever, sniffles, and a cough is most likely suffering from a common cold and not smallpox!’
      • ‘Sure, I get sniffles and the odd cough, but nothing like this.’
      • ‘As it happens, I have been suffering with a rather persistent sniffle over the past week or so.’
      • ‘But I suppose some people don't turn up if they've just got a sniffle.’
      • ‘And before anyone says it, I'm not the sort of man who turns into a lump at the first sign of a sniffle, either.’
      • ‘Granted, the biggest problem is that the new bugs are almost invincible, but a contributing factor is the stubborn person who refuses to stay home just because of a little thing like a sniffle.’
      • ‘The tiny minority upset me when they feel they can't attend work because of a sniffle or a twinge.’
      • ‘In some families, colds and other viruses are rarely treated with anything more than chicken soup, while other families bring out over-the-counter medications at the first sign of a sniffle.’

Origin

Mid 17th century imitative; compare with snivel.

Pronunciation

sniffle

/ˈsnɪf(ə)l/