Definitions for: Sniff


[n] sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
[v] inhale audibly through the nose; "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"
[v] perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sniff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniffedor Snift; p. pr. &
vb. n. Sniffing.] [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf.
Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.]
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, v. t.
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, n.
The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is
taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.

Synonyms: sniffle, snuff, whiff

See Also: breathe in, inhale, inspire, nose out, scent out, smell, smell, smell out, smelling, sniff out

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