I. verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to draw air audibly up the nose especially for smelling <
sniffed at the flowers
2. to show or express disdain or scorn 3. snoop, nose <
sniffed around for clues
transitive verb 1. to smell or take by inhalation through the nose 2. to utter contemptuously 3. to recognize or detect by or as if by smelling <
sniff out trouble
II. noun Date: 1767 1. an act or sound of sniffing 2. a quantity that is sniffed

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