Snuffle Snuf"fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snuffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snuffling}.] [Freq. of snuff, v.i.; akin to LG. snuffeln, G. schn["u]ffeln, D. snuffeln, Dan. sn["o]vle. Cf. {Sniffle}.] To speak through the nose; to breathe through the nose when it is obstructed, so as to make a broken sound. [1913 Webster]

One clad in purple Eats, and recites some lamentable rhyme . . . Snuffling at nose, and croaking in his throat. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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