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Sniff intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Sniffed or Snift ; present participle & verbal noun Sniffing .] [ Middle English sneven ; akin to snivel , snuff ; confer Danish snive to sniff. See Snuff , transitive verb ] To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.

So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven.
M. Arnold.

Sniff transitive verb
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.

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

Sniffing noun (Physiol.) A rapid inspiratory act, in which the mouth is kept shut and the air drawn in through the nose.

Sniffle intransitive verb [ Freq. of sniff . See Snivel .] To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snift intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snifted ; present participle & verbal noun Snifting .] [ From Sniff .]
1. To snort. [ Obsolete] "Resentment expressed by snifting ." Johnson.

2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell.

It now appears that they were still snifing and hankering after their old quarters.

Snift noun
1. A moment. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

2. Slight snow; sleet. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Snifting adjective & noun from Snift .

Snifting valve , a small valve opening into the atmosphere from the cylinder or condenser of a steam engine, to allow the escape of air when the piston makes a stroke; -- so called from the noise made by its action.

Snig transitive verb [ See Snick a small cut.] To chop off; to cut. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snig intransitive verb [ See Sneak .] To sneak. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snig, Snigg noun [ Confer Sneak .] (Zoology) A small eel. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snigger intransitive verb See Snicker . Thackeray.

Snigger noun See Snicker . Dickens.

Sniggle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Sniggled ; present participle & verbal noun Sniggling.] [ See Snig a kind of eel.] To fish for eels by thrusting the baited hook into their holes or hiding places. Walton.

Sniggle transitive verb To catch, as an eel, by sniggling; hence, to hook; to insnare. Beau. & Fl.

Snip transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snipped ; present participle & verbal noun Snipping .] [ Dutch snippen ; akin to German schnippen .] To cut off the nip or neb of, or to cut off at once with shears or scissors; to clip off suddenly; to nip; hence, to break off; to snatch away.

Curbed and snipped in my younger years by fear of my parents from those vicious excrescences to which that age was subject.

The captain seldom ordered anything out of the ship's stores . . . but I snipped some of it for my own share.
De Foe.

Snip noun
1. A single cut, as with shears or scissors; a clip. Shak.

2. A small shred; a bit cut off. Wiseman.

3. A share; a snack. [ Obsolete] L'Estrange

4. A tailor. [ Slang] Nares. C. Kingsley.

5. Small hand shears for cutting sheet metal.

Snip-snap noun [ Reduplication of snap .] A tart dialogue with quick replies. [ R.] Pope.

Snip-snap adjective Quick; short; sharp; smart. Shak.

Snipe noun [ Middle English snipe ; akin to Dutch snep , snip , LG. sneppe , snippe , German schnepfe , Icelandic snīpa (in comp.), Danish sneppe , Swedish snäppa a sanpiper, and possibly to English snap . See Snap , Snaffle .]
1. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ , having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.

» The common, or whole, snipe ( Gallinago cœlestis ) and the great, or double, snipe ( G. major ), are the most important European species. The Wilson's snipe ( G. delicata ) (sometimes erroneously called English snipe ) and the gray snipe, or dowitcher ( Macrohamphus griseus ), are well- known American species.

2. A fool; a blockhead. [ R.] Shak.

Half snipe , the dunlin; the jacksnipe. - - Jack snipe . See Jacksnipe . -- Quail snipe . See under Quail . -- Robin snipe , the knot. -- Sea snipe . See in the Vocabulary. -- Shore snipe , any sandpiper. -- Snipe hawk , the marsh harrier. [ Prov. Eng.] -- Stone snipe , the tattler. -- Summer snipe , the dunlin; the green and the common European sandpipers. -- Winter snipe . See Rock snipe , under Rock . -- Woodcock snipe , the great snipe.

Snipe intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Sniped ; present participle & verbal noun Sniping .]
1. To shoot or hunt snipe.

2. To shoot at detached men of an enemy's forces at long range, esp. when not in action; -- often with at .

Snipe transitive verb
1. To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.

2. To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding.

Snipebill noun
1. A plane for cutting deep grooves in moldings.

2. A bolt by which the body of a cart is fastened to the axle. [ Local, U.S.]

Snipefish noun (Zoology) (a) The bellows fish. (b) A long, slender deep-sea fish ( Nemichthys scolopaceus ) with a slender beak.

Snippack noun [ Confer Snipe .] (Zoology) The common snipe. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snipper noun One who snips.

Snipper-snaper noun A small, insignificant fellow. [ Colloq.]

Snippet noun A small part or piece.

To be cut into snippets and shreds.
F. Harrison.

Snippety adjective Ridiculously small; petty. " Snippety facts." London Spectator.

Snipy (snīp"ȳ) adjective Like a snipe.

Snite (snīt) noun A snipe. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Carew.

Snite transitive verb [ Icelandic snīfa . See Snout .] To blow, as the nose; to snuff, as a candle. [ Obsolete or Scot.]

Snithe, Snithy adjective [ Anglo-Saxon snīðan to cut. See Snathe .] Sharp; piercing; cutting; -- applied to the wind. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snivel intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Sniveled or Snivelled ; present participle & verbal noun Sniveling or Snivelling .] [ Middle English snivelen , snevelen , snuvelen , freg. of sneven . See Sniff , and confer Snuffle .]
1. To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise.

2. To cry or whine with snuffling, as children; to cry weakly or whiningly.

Put stop to thy sniveling ditty.
Sir W. Scott.

Snivel noun [ Anglo-Saxon snofel . Confer Snivel , intransitive verb ] Mucus from the nose; snot.

Sniveler noun [ Written also sniveller .] One who snivels, esp. one who snivels habitually.

Snively adjective Running at the nose; sniveling pitiful; whining.

Snob noun [ Icelandic snāpr a dolt, impostor, charlatan. Confer Snub .]
1. A vulgar person who affects to be better, richer, or more fashionable, than he really is; a vulgar upstart; one who apes his superiors. Thackeray.

Essentially vulgar, a snob . -- a gilded snob , but none the less a snob .
R. G. White.

2. (Eng. Univ.) A townsman. [ Canf]

3. A journeyman shoemaker. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

4. A workman who accepts lower than the usual wages, or who refuses to strike when his fellows do; a rat; a knobstick.

Those who work for lower wages during a strike are called snobs , the men who stand out being "nobs"
De Quincey.

Snobbery noun The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.

Snobbish adjective Of or pertaining to a snob; characteristic of, or befitting, a snob; vulgarly pretentious. -- Snob"bish*ly , adverb

Snobbishness noun Vulgar affectation or ostentation; mean admiration of mean things; conduct or manners of a snob.

Snobbism noun Snobbery.

Snobby (snŏb"bȳ) adjective Snobbish. [ R.] E. B. Ramsay.

Snobling noun A little snob. [ Jocose] Thackeray.

Snobocracy (snŏb*ŏk"rȧ*sȳ) noun [ Snob + -cracy , as in aristocracy , mobocracy .] Snobs, collectively. [ Hybrid & Recent] C. Kingsley.

Snod (snŏd) noun [ See Snood .] A fillet; a headband; a snood. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]

Snod adjective [ Scot. snod to prune, put in order.] Trimmed; smooth; neat; trim; sly; cunning; demure. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Snoff (snŏf; 115) noun [ Confer Snuff .] (Mining) A short candle end used for igniting a fuse. Raymond.

Snood noun [ Anglo-Saxon snōd . Confer Snare .]
1. The fillet which binds the hair of a young unmarried woman, and is emblematic of her maiden character. [ Scot.]

And seldom was a snood amid
Such wild, luxuriant ringlets hid.
Sir W. Scott.

2. A short line (often of horsehair) connecting a fishing line with the hook; a snell; a leader.

Snood transitive verb To bind or braid up, as the hair, with a snood. [ Scot.]

Snooded adjective Wearing or having a snood. "The snooded daughter." Whittier.