snivelling


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Related to snivelling: shabbily, convolute

sniv·el

 (snĭv′əl)
intr.v. sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing, sniv·els or sniv·elled or sniv·el·ling
1. To sniffle.
2. To complain or whine tearfully.
n.
1. The act of sniffling or sniveling.
2. Nasal mucus.

[Middle English snivelen, from Old English *snyflan.]

sniv′el·er n.
Translations

snivelling

sniveling (US) [ˈsnɪvlɪŋ]
A. ADJllorón
B. Nlloriqueo m

snivelling

[ˈsnɪvəlɪŋ] adjlarmoyant(e), pleurnicheur/euse

snivelling

, (US) sniveling
adjheulend, flennend (inf)
nGeheul(e) nt (inf), → Geflenne nt (inf)

snivelling

sniveling (Am) [ˈsnɪvlɪŋ] adjpiagnucoloso/a
References in classic literature ?
Beauty Smith was known far and wide as the weakest of weak-kneed and snivelling cowards.
Cringing and snivelling himself before the blows or angry speech of a man, he revenged himself, in turn, upon creatures weaker than he.
I'd sooner by half, though I lose by it, see a man tear his clothes a' purpose to spile 'em before they come to me, than find him snivelling.
The gush of tobacco came from the shop downstairs, and the soapy arm proceeded from the body of a servant-girl, who being then and there engaged in cleaning the stars had just drawn it out of a warm pail to take in a letter, which letter she now held in her hand, proclaiming aloud with that quick perception of surnames peculiar to her class that it was for Mister Snivelling.
Take service there, and leave these scoundrels of contractors and farmers-general, who steal as well with French hands as others have done with Italian hands; leave the little snivelling king, who is going to give us another reign of Francis II.
In the yard, was the insolvent whose utmost energies were always set on getting into debt, who broke into prison with as much pains as other men have broken out of it, and who was always being cleared and complimented; while the insolvent at his elbow--a mere little, snivelling, striving tradesman, half dead of anxious efforts to keep out of debt--found it a hard matter, indeed, to get a Commissioner to release him with much reproof and reproach.
Why, you snivelling, wry-faced, puny villain," gasped old Lobbs, paralysed by the atrocious confession; "what do you mean by that?
Then two or three boys laughed and sneered, and a big, brutal fellow who was standing in the middle of the room picked up a slipper, and shied it at the kneeling boy, calling him a snivelling young shaver.
Every woman in the house was snivelling at the time, but I suppose it was because it was predestined that I was to write this particular lady's memoirs that I remarked her.
EASTENDERS BBC1, 8pm OH, IAN BEALE has always been a weaselly, snivelling little fellow, hasn't he?
Tune in to next week's edition of The Marital Pot and Kettle to find out if George Osborne's missus calls Jezza to accuse him of being a snivelling elitist, and John Cleese's wife phones to tell Clarkson that he's a mean-spirited boor.
What a snivelling bunch of hypocrites some members of Hacked Off are.