Snift
Sniff Sniff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sniffed}or {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. [1913 Webster]

So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


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  • Snift — Snift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snifting}.] [From {Sniff}.] 1. To snort. [Obs.] Resentment expressed by snifting. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell. [1913 Webster] It now appears that they were still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snift — Snift, n. 1. A moment. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. Slight snow; sleet. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snift — snift; snift·ing; …   English syllables

  • snift — ˈsnift verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: short for snifter (I) chiefly dialect : sniff …   Useful english dictionary

  • snift —  1) to snow in small quantities, to sleet. A SMFTiNcday.!!!  2) a moment. Lane …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • snifter-valve — sniftˈer valve or sniftˈing valve noun An air valve of a cylinder, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑snift …   Useful english dictionary

  • snifting-valve — sniftˈer valve or sniftˈing valve noun An air valve of a cylinder, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑snift …   Useful english dictionary

  • Snifted — Snift Snift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snifting}.] [From {Sniff}.] 1. To snort. [Obs.] Resentment expressed by snifting. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell. [1913 Webster] It now appears that they were… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snifting — Snift Snift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snifting}.] [From {Sniff}.] 1. To snort. [Obs.] Resentment expressed by snifting. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell. [1913 Webster] It now appears that they were… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snifting — snift·ing …   English syllables

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