Synonyms of sniff in English:

sniff


See definition of sniff

verb

1‘Maria sniffed and wiped her nose’

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inhale, snuffle, breathe in, snuff, snuff up

2‘carefully she sniffed the fruit’

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smell, test the smell of, nose at
detect the smell of, pick up the smell of, catch the scent of, scent, get a whiff of

noun

1‘she gave a loud sniff’

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snuffle

2‘the sniff of lunch was everywhere’

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smell, scent, whiff
lungful

3‘they're off at the first sniff of trouble’

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indication, hint, intimation, whiff, inkling, suggestion, suspicion, whisper, trace, signal, sign, clue, gleam, wind

Phrases

    sniff something out

    ‘journalists who sniff out sensation or scandal’


    SYNONYMS

    detect, find, search out, discover, disclose, bring to light, track down, dig up, hunt out, ferret out, root out, uncover, unearth, disinter, smell out, nose out, follow the scent of, scent out, run to earth, run to ground

    sniff at

    ‘the working mothers were all sniffed at by the uniformed nannies’


    SYNONYMS

    scorn, disdain, hold in disdain, show contempt for, be contemptuous of, regard with contempt, treat with contempt, hold in contempt, treat as inferior, be snobbish to, despise, look down on, heap scorn on, pour scorn on, sneer at, scoff at

    informal

    turn one's nose up at, look down one's nose at