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verb sniff pronunciation in American English /snɪf/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesniffing
past tensesniffed
past participlesniffed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example because you have been crying

    Amanda sniffed and wiped her nose.

    “It wasn’t my fault!” he sniffed.

    1. a.
      to smell something
      sniff at:

      Henry sniffed at the flowers appreciatively.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to criticize something, or to suggest it is not good enough for you
    sniff at:

    Critics tend to sniff at his music.



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