Definition of Sniff

1. Noun. Sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose.

Exact synonyms: Snuff
Generic synonyms: Smell, Smelling
Derivative terms: Snuff, Snuff

2. Verb. Perceive by inhaling through the nose. "Sniff the perfume"
Exact synonyms: Whiff
Generic synonyms: Smell
Also: Sniff Out
Derivative terms: Sniffer

3. Verb. Inhale audibly through the nose. "The sick student was sniffling in the back row"
Exact synonyms: Sniffle
Generic synonyms: Breathe In, Inhale, Inspire
Derivative terms: Sniffer, Sniffle

Definition of Sniff

1. v. i. To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.

2. v. t. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.

3. n. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.

Definition of Sniff

1. Noun. An instance of sniffing. ¹

2. Noun. A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose ¹

3. Noun. A brief perception ¹

4. Verb. (ambitransitive) To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something. ¹

5. Verb. To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To perceive vaguely ¹

7. Verb. To be dismissive or contemptuous of something. ¹

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Definition of Sniff

1. to inhale audibly through the nose [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Sniff

1. 1. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country. 2. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sniff

sniff (current term)
sniff out
sniff test
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Literary usage of Sniff

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1. The Speaker's Garland: Comprising 100 Choice Selections by Phineas Garrett (1885)
"When dear David died (sniffsniff), ez I sot by his side(sniffsniff); ... Look out fur your tin (sniffsniff) if you marry agin (sniffsniff), ..."

2. Lyrics of Home-land by Eugene J. Hall (1882)
"When dear David died (sniffsniff), ez I sat by his side (sniffsniff), He ketched up my hand in his own (sniffsniff); He squeezed it awhile (sniff ..."

3. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1900)
"Snivel ; see sniff. Snob ; see Snub. Snood, a fillet, ribbon. ... (Base SNU, to snuff up, sniff.) snite (i), to wipe the nose. (Scand. ..."

4. The Rolliad, in Two Parts: Probationary Odes for the Laureatship; and Sa (1812)
"... from the rich mint of MAJOR JoHN SCOTT, in his incomparable Ode— " sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff. ..."

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