Definition of sniffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sniffle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪfl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sniffle
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪfl//
 
he / she / it sniffles
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪflz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪflz//
 
past simple sniffled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪfld//
 
past participle sniffled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪfld//
 
-ing form sniffling
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪflɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪflɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to sniff or keep sniffing, especially because you are crying or have a cold Word Origin mid 17th cent.: imitative; compare with snivel.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sniffle

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