Definition of snivel in US English:

snivel

verbsniveling, snivelling, snivelled, snivels, sniveled

[no object]
  • 1Cry and sniff in a feeble or fretful way.

    ‘Kate started to snivel, looking sad and stunned’
    • ‘Dion sniveled, half out of sorrow for himself, the other half simply out of fear.’
    • ‘No stupid ghost stories were going to reduce her to sniveling in the dark, not when she had a missing daughter to find or avenge.’
    • ‘He was sniveling, and looking like an over large baby crying on the pavement.’
    • ‘She suddenly covered her face once more, sniveling and weeping into her hands.’
    • ‘I sniveled, wiping my nose on the edge of the tablecloth.’
    • ‘I sighed, and snivelled, and a chill ran down my spine.’
    • ‘She snivelled quietly but forced herself away from the idea of thinking any more about what this chance discovery meant.’
    • ‘Louise was sniveling a little, tears running down her cheeks.’
    • ‘When they eventually troop off, and away, I blub and snivel for hours because the house is suddenly so terribly empty.’
    • ‘I soon fell to sleep during my crying fit, exhausted from having sniveled and bawled the remainder of the day.’
    • ‘He glanced back at the pathetic shell of a man who stood in the middle of his living room, whimpering and snivelling.’
    • ‘Say mummy, daddy, baby, love-you, dead, goodbye - and that's it, you've got the whole auditorium snivelling.’
    • ‘The youngest of the three had started snivelling.’
    • ‘Here I was, a blubbering heap, sniveling before these grand people…’
    • ‘And they squeezed each other's backs and waists and snivelled.’
    sniffle, snuffle, run at the nose, have a running nose, have a runny nose
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    1. 1.1 Complain in a whining or tearful way.
      ‘he shouldn't snivel about his punishment’
      • ‘Why does everything have to be centred around that snivelling little brat?’
      • ‘Daddy isn't supposed to snivel about how the locals didn't do their job.’
      • ‘They'll scream class warfare, but in light of the charges it starts to sound like sniveling defensiveness.’
      • ‘Do you know how long it takes me to patrol sniveling, weak little undermen like you trying to find a general, captain, or anyone that can take a bit of leadership?’
      • ‘You can stay here and snivel all you want, but I'm not gonna let that brave girl die out there alone.’
      • ‘You can stay here sniveling about how much you're hurting.’
      • ‘You've never cared or had the ability to be sensitive before; stop your sniveling and go back to sleep.’
      • ‘But don't do it because you expect to be rewarded for sniveling before His throne.’
      • ‘After all the man had done for him, how could he whine and snivel and ask for more, dragging him down with demands?’
      • ‘I begged, pleaded and sniveled until he agreed to loan it to me for evaluation.’
      • ‘I couldn't look at them, all I could do was whine and snivel and cry like a stupid, stupid baby.’
      • ‘And whatever you do, don't resort to any whining, snivelling, or whimpering tactics.’
      • ‘They're the ones who are sniveling, just because someone is actually using the service that they're offering.’
      • ‘Someone has to straighten these people out before all of our kids turn into sniveling, whining, spoiled brats.’
      complain, moan, mutter, grumble, grouse, groan, grouch, growl, carp, bleat, whine, object, make a fuss
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nounPlural snivels

  • An act or sound of snivelling.

    ‘Lucy's torrent of howls weakened to a snivel’
    • ‘There are certainly a few sniffs and snivels circulating the corridors of financial power in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt.’
    • ‘I have ridden through tears- not just little drippy snivels, but real, gushing, bawling tears.’
    • ‘It starts out with a bang, but after the initial fireworks, it can't seem to raise its level above a snivel.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it never did, and she had to walk around enduring that constant pain without a single snivel.’
    • ‘The television was on but she could still here Paige's snivels.’
    • ‘Within the blink of an eye, the sword hilt had been lowered upon the back of her head, and she crumpled neatly into a pile unconscious without so much as a snivel.’
    • ‘I don't think these things should be morbid and full of snivels, so I'd choose something with a bit of energy.’
    • ‘Eric held back a reminiscent snivel, but the two voices heard it.’
    • ‘Slowly, the sobs turned into snivels as Clarissa gained control of herself.’
    • ‘The snivel, therefore, from our mines to to jack up its delivery services is not only opportune but one which should be taken seriously.’

Origin

Late Old English (recorded only in the verbal noun snyflung ‘mucus’), from snofl, in the same sense; compare with snuffle.

Pronunciation

snivel

/ˈsnɪvəl//ˈsnivəl/