snivel

  • 1 Snivel — Sniv el, n. [AS. snofel. Cf. {Snivel}, v. i.] Mucus from the nose; snot. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Snivel — Sniv el, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sniveled}or {Snivelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sniveling} or {Snivelling}.] [OE. snivelen, snevelen, snuvelen, freg. of sneven. See {Sniff}, and cf. {Snuffle}.] 1. To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise. [1913… …

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  • 3 snivel — (v.) O.E. *snyflan to run at the nose (Cf. snyflung running of the nose ), related to snofl nasal mucus. Meaning to be in an (affected) tearful state is from 1680s. Related: Snivelled; snivelling. Snivelling mean spirited, weak is recorded from… …

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  • 4 snivel — The verb has inflected forms snivelled, snivelling in BrE, and in AmE usually sniveled, sniveling …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 snivel — ► VERB (snivelled, snivelling; US sniveled, sniveling) 1) cry and sniffle. 2) complain in a whining or tearful way. ► NOUN ▪ a spell of snivelling. DERIVATIVES …

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  • 6 snivel — [sniv′əl] vi. sniveled or snivelled, sniveling or snivelling [ME snivelen < OE * snyflan < base seen in snofl, mucus, prob. ult. < IE base * sneu , to flow] 1. to have mucus running from the nose 2. to sniff repeatedly, as from a head… …

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  • 7 snivel — [[t]snɪ̱v(ə)l[/t]] snivels, snivelling, snivelled VERB If someone is snivelling, they are crying or sniffing in a way that irritates you. Billy started to snivel. His mother smacked his hand. ...a journalist snivelling with the flu. N COUNT… …

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  • 8 snivel — UK [ˈsnɪv(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms snivel : present tense I/you/we/they snivel he/she/it snivels present participle snivelling past tense snivelled past participle snivelled showing disapproval to cry or to complain, especially in …

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  • 9 snivel — sniveler; esp. Brit., sniveller, n. /sniv euhl/, v., sniveled, sniveling or (esp. Brit.) snivelled, snivelling, n. v.i. 1. to weep or cry with sniffling. 2. to affect a tearful state; whine. 3. to run at the nose; have a runny nose: She sniveled… …

    Universalium

  • 10 snivel — verb 1) he slumped in a chair, sniveling Syn: sniffle, snuffle, whimper, whine, weep, cry; informal blubber, boo hoo 2) don t snivel about what you get Syn: complain, mutter, grumble, grouse …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 snivel — I. intransitive verb ( eled or elled; eling or snivelling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English *snyflan; akin to Dutch snuffelen to snuffle, snuffen to sniff Date: 14th century 1. to run at the nose 2. to snuff mucus up the nose audibly ; …

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  • 12 snivel — 1. verb a) To breathe heavily through the nose; to sniffle. b) To whine or complain, whilst crying …

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  • 13 snivel — Synonyms and related words: bawl, be hypocritical, blandish, blubber, boohoo, break down, burst into tears, cant, cry, dissolve in tears, drop a tear, give lip service, give mouth honor, greet, mewl, mouth, play the hypocrite, pule, reek of piety …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 snivel — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. snuffle, sniff, blubber; whimper, cry, weep; cower, grovel, crawl, cringe. See lamentation. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To cry] Syn. blubber, sniffle, weep; see cry 1 . 2. [To complain] Syn. whine,… …

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  • 15 snivel — sniv|el [ˈsnıvəl] v past tense and past participle snivelled present participle snivelling BrE past tense and past participle sniveled present participle sniveling AmE [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From an unrecorded Old English snyflan] [I usually… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 snivel — sniv|el [ snıvl ] verb intransitive to cry or complain, especially in a way that seems weak or annoying: a sniveling little kid …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 snivel — see SNUFF …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 snivel — sniv·el || snɪvl n. runny nose; sniffle; whine, whimper, tearful complaining v. sniffle; run at the nose; whine, whimper, complain tearfully …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 snivel — verb (snivels, snivelling, snivelled; US snivels, sniveling, sniveled) 1》 cry and sniffle. 2》 complain in a whining or tearful way. noun a period of snivelling. Derivatives sniveller noun sni …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 snivel — I. n. Snot. II. v. n. Cry (as a child), blubber, whimper, weep, fret, whine …

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