Sniff


Sniff

Sniff ("Sniff", "Nipsu") - is a character in the Moomin series of books by Finnish author Tove Jansson. Moomintroll's immature friend and later adopted brother. He is the son of the Muddler and the Fuzzy. He is one of the few characters in the Moomin series who is sincerely interested in money, and is always on the lookout for another way to get rich quick. This trait in him is often played as a contrast to Snufkin, who doesn't care much about worldly belongings, and their two different philosophies sometimes clash -- although Snufkin is generally portrayed as the wiser of the two.

Particularly in the earlier books, Sniff seems to be younger than the other major characters, and many of his negative qualities can be said to be those of a thoughtless child; he is selfish, greedy and quick to push all responsibility over on other people, but he is not malicious or mean-spirited. He's also easily frightened or upset, and not very fond of taking risks, although he will often overcome his fears if there's a chance of treasure or wealth.

Sniff is one of the first characters introduced in the series; in fact, he is the first person Moomintroll and Moominmamma encounter on their journey in The Moomins and the Great Flood, although he has not yet been given an actual name and is referred throughout the story simply as "the small creature."

In the following book, Comet in Moominland, he gets his proper name, and goes on to play a major role in both that book and in Finn Family Moomintroll, and he also plays a more minor role in The Exploits of Moominpappa wherein he together with Snufkin and Moomintroll listen to Moominpappa read from his memoirs, and at the end of the book finally meets his own parents for the first time in the series.

After this, possibly due to the lack of potential for character development, Sniff fades into the background and becomes a very minor character. His last appearance in the regular books is in Tales from Moominvalley, although he gets a fairly large role in the picture-book The Dangerous Journey, and has a minor speaking role in An Unwanted Guest.

Sniff also appears in other Moomin-related media, usually as a semi-major character.


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  • sniff|y — «SNIHF ee», adjective, sniff|i|er, sniff|i|est. Informal. 1. inclined to sniff, especially in contempt, scorn, etc. 2. contemptuous; …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sniff — Sniff, v. t. 1. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country. [1913 Webster] 2. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sniff — ► VERB 1) draw in air audibly through the nose. 2) (sniff at) show contempt or dislike for: the price is not to be sniffed at. 3) (sniff around/round) informal investigate something secretly. 4) (sniff out) informal discover by secret or hidden… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sniff — Sniff, n. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sniff — der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. sniff, eigtl. »das Schnüffeln«, zu to sniff, vgl. ↑sniffen> (Jargon) das Sniffen …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • sniff — fonosimb. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} spec. nel linguaggio dei fumetti, voce che riproduce il rumore di chi annusa intensamente o respira con forza; anche s.m.inv. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1937. ETIMO: der. di (to) sniff annusare, fiutare , di orig.… …   Dizionario italiano

  • sniff — (v.) mid 14c., of imitative origin; possibly related to snyvelen (see SNIVEL (Cf. snivel)). As a synonym for smell (v.) it dates from 1845. In reference to cocaine from 1925. Related: Sniffed; sniffing. The noun is first recorded 1767; the… …   Etymology dictionary