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

 

snivel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snivel
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvl//
 
he / she / it snivels
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvlz//
 
past simple snivelled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
past participle snivelled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
(US English) past simple sniveled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
(US English) past participle sniveled
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvld//
 
-ing form snivelling
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvlɪŋ//
 
(US English) -ing form sniveling
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪvlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪvlɪŋ//
 
 
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to cry and complain in a way that people think is annoying synonym whine Stop snivelling! I can’t stand it. What a snivelling little brat! Word Origin late Old English (recorded only in the verbal noun snyflung ‘mucus’), from snofl, in the same sense; compare with snuffle.
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