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

     

    snuffle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌfl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snuffle
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌfl//
     
    he / she / it snuffles
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌflz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌflz//
     
    past simple snuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌfld//
     
    past participle snuffled
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌfld//
     
    -ing form snuffling
    BrE BrE//ˈsnʌflɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnʌflɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to breathe noisily because you have a cold or you are crying synonym sniff I could hear the child snuffling in her sleep.
  2. 2[intransitive] snuffle (about/around) if an animal snuffles, it breathes noisily through its nose, especially while it is smelling something The dog was snuffling around in the bushes.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably from Low German and Dutch snuffelen; compare with snuff ‘breathe in noisily’ and snivel.
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