- 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[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. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably from Low German and Dutch snuffelen; compare with snuff ‘breathe in noisily’ and snivel.
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//