Definition of snuffle in English:

snuffle

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Breathe noisily through the nose due to a cold or crying:

    ‘Alice was weeping quietly, snuffling a little’
    • ‘Carrie was sitting at the kitchen table, crying, and snuffling and blowing her nose.’
    • ‘I snuffled, and leant against his warm body, comforted a little by his arm, which was around me waist, his hand resting on my stomach.’
    • ‘While the appellant testified the complainant had been snuffling, she testified she was crying because he had intimidated her to the point of exhaustion, frustration and fear.’
    • ‘When I got up to my room, my head was spinning as I snuffled into a handkerchief.’
    • ‘I won't be any good if I keep snuffling and sneezing and feeling worse.’
    • ‘Everyone's snuffling, everyone's hot, everyone wants nothing more than to repose on the sofa and have prepackaged entertainment piped down our eyeballs.’
    • ‘Everyone nodded at that, and Tiffany snuffled miserably.’
    • ‘Another tear replaced the first, and another, then another and another, until I was snuffling, low whines coming from my throat.’
    • ‘Even unfortunate hay-fever sufferers bravely get in on the action, sniffling and snuffling under the branches behind the haphazard protection of white masks.’
    • ‘Last time it was that ‘When She Loved Me’ song, which had half the audience snuffling; this time it's the last four minutes.’
    • ‘I drew him closer to me, rocking him slightly as he snuffled and snored.’
    • ‘He stopped trying to pull away and snuffled quietly.’
    • ‘The girl was behind me, snuffling, almost completely submersed in the wardrobe.’
    • ‘Unwilling to say too much in case the boy, fading from sobs to snuffling, was listening, Al rolled his eyes.’
    • ‘She lay facing the wall, snuffling quietly, tousling her kitty's head.’
    • ‘My mother and I watched the film in the early-evening gloom, snuffling, our noses emptying steadily into our Kleenexes.’
    • ‘Elliot still was snuffling in his punctured sleep.’
    • ‘He stood there, shaking violently, then dropped to his knees and snuffled and choked uncontrollably; weeping.’
    inhale, snuffle, breathe in
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    1. 1.1 (especially of an animal) make repeated sniffing sounds as though smelling at something:
      ‘the collie snuffled around his boots’
      ‘she heard a strange, persistent snuffling’
      • ‘The bear is snuffling and snorting and looking around the picnic table for more food.’
      • ‘I lay with my arms wrapped tightly around my chest, listening to the shack moving in the wind, and animals snuffling outside.’
      • ‘They snorted and snuffled, hackles raised, dancing sideways, eyeing each other.’
      • ‘Dust kicked up as the dragon sniffed and snuffled around, searching for their scent.’
      • ‘The gelding snuffled at Thorn for a moment, the girl allowing a half-smile.’
      • ‘The dog buried his nose up to his ears in the cotton fabric, huffing and snuffling as he drank in the scent.’
      • ‘Anyhow, ten this morning he heard the radio click on then came snuffling at the bottom of the duvet to get me up and out of bed.’
      • ‘The next morning they wake up and go around the whole farm snuffling at the earth, rolling in the dew, eating the grass and so on, overwhelmed with excitement that it is all theirs.’
      • ‘A few moments later, I felt a cold, wet nose snuffling in the palm of my hand.’
      • ‘The Arabian came up to the paddock rail and snuffled at him.’
      • ‘When the first birds woke I pretended to sleep, wrapped tightly, wind and animals snuffling outside.’
      • ‘Glory nickered and bobbed his head in way of greeting, before stretching his nose to snuffle my face.’
      • ‘She arched and snuffled at me, big brown eyes watching me closely.’
      • ‘They whimpered and whined as they raised their noses to the air and snuffled at the smell that drifted into the clean air.’
      • ‘The horse snuffled at his neck, but the boy continued to cry.’
      • ‘It gently placed its right paw in the crook of my arm and snuffled its wet nose in my ear.’
      • ‘He crawled on his hands and knees over to Michael, afraid that the warhorse wouldn't let him near, but the grey snuffled at his hair and backed carefully away.’
      • ‘I could see something snuffling in the dark, I could hear the breathing but I didn't know what it was, didn't even know how I'd gotten here.’
      • ‘Then I could hear one thing more: the Dog was snuffling.’
      • ‘He started snuffling in the grass and scratching at a few things.’

noun

  • 1A sniff or sniffing sound:

    ‘a silence broken only by the faint snuffles of the dogs’
    • ‘It was so close that she could hear its hot breath escaping in snuffles and wheezes from its fleshy black nose and blood-red mouth.’
    • ‘Dolly has discovered that the little West Highland puppy next door is willing to exchange cautious sniffs and snuffles under the fence and I think she's quite taken with the little mite.’
    • ‘Deer cropped the springy turf beside us, so close we could hear every snuffle and chomp.’
    • ‘Little whimpers and snuffles started to come out of the girl's mouth.’
    • ‘One glance at their healthy-looking and cheerful toddler playing in the corner - despite a bit of a cough, a few snuffles and some pale spots on the trunk - is enough to make this diagnosis highly improbable.’
    • ‘Which was very nice, but the moment was broken by the snuffles coming from the cloud of blonde hair to my right.’
    • ‘Then my ears perked up as I heard an unmistakable snuffle.’
    • ‘I really missed hearing his little snuffles in the night; spent most of the night awake straining to hear him breathing over the monitor.’
    • ‘No sobs, no snuffles, just tears sliding down my pale cheeks.’
    • ‘The crying stopped, muffled by a snuffle, hands swiping away tears, throat unclogging in a cough.’
    • ‘However, I took the risk of putting a hand close to a yowling muzzle and was greeted with a cold nose and a non-committal snuffle before the full-on baying started again.’
    • ‘Within a few moments, a wet nose poked itself out from the tablecloth, sniffed at the offered morsel for a few moments, and giving a snuffle of disdain, withdrew itself immediately.’
    • ‘Okay, so my neighbour may have heard the faintest of snuffles coming from the vague direction of my garden chair as he rattled and coughed his way into his shed in an embarrassed, but valiant, attempt to pretend he hadn't actually seen me.’
    1. 1.1usually the snufflesinformal A cold or other infection that causes sniffing:
      ‘he went down with the snuffles’
      • ‘Winter snuffles are putting the squeeze on the region's blood stocks.’
      • ‘I'm about three weeks overdue for my monthly snuffles, I reckon.’
      • ‘If you or me gets it (which we all have done) we might get a snuffle.’
      • ‘From April on, one in every four Americans suffers from the sneezes, snuffles and itchiness of hay fever - the catch-all term for a range of allergic diseases, the most common of which is allergic rhinitis.’
      • ‘It is fatally simplistic to compare their survival figures, excellent though they are, with those of a small hospital in the suburbs that treats mainly children with snuffles and chest infections.’
      • ‘The baby was also quite irritable and prone to colic, poor sleep and frequent fevers with snuffles.’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably from Low German and Dutch snuffelen; compare with snuff and snivel.

Pronunciation

snuffle

/ˈsnʌf(ə)l/