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Definition of "sniff" []

  • To inhale a short, audible breath through the nose, as in smelling something. (verb-intransitive)
  • To sniffle. (verb-intransitive)
  • To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating: sniffed at the jar to see what it held. (verb-intransitive)
  • To regard something in a contemptuous or dismissive manner: The critics sniffed at the adaptation of the novel to film. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To pry; snoop: The reporters came sniffing around for more details. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sniff" in a sentence
  • "Like me … * sniff sniff* … Maybe Santa will be nice to me …"
  • "Boo hoo hoo hoo * sniff sniff* LOL so where are you?"
  • "Except today, I had such a great time in peer tutoring, I helped this one kid, and like he didnt get what the teacher had been saying all week, and the helper teacher tried to help, and he still didnt get it, and then I showed him, and he was like thank you, I finally understand ... and * sniff sniff* it almost brought a tear to my eyes ... lol."