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Related to sniffles: rhinitis, Runny nose


intr.v. snif·fled, snif·fling, snif·fles
1. To inhale or exhale audibly through a runny or congested nose.
2. To weep or whimper lightly.
1. The act or sound of sniffling.
2. sniffles A condition, such as a head cold, accompanied by congestion of the nose. Used with the.

[Frequentative of sniff.]

snif′fler n.
snif′fly (snĭf′ə-lē, snĭf′lē) adj.


(ˈsnɪfəlz) or


pl n
1. (Medicine) the sniffles a cold in the head
2. (Medicine) the sniffling that sometimes accompanies weeping or prolonged crying
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Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
His eyes snapped vindictively, while his ears joyed in the sniffles she emitted.
It was ages since she had had a moment's conversation with her dearest Catherine; and, though she had such thousands of things to say to her, it appeared as if they were never to be together again; so, with sniffles of most exquisite misery, and the laughing eye of utter despondency, she bade her friend adieu and went on.
Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; and underneath her cap--where Lucie had yellow curls--that little person had PRICKLES!
TIGGY-WINKLE'S nose went sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; and she fetched another hot iron from the fire.
He has taken care not to blubber or sniffle, lest we should find out that he is crying.
And I have such a cold in the head -- I can do nothing but sniffle, sigh and sneeze.
morning She wrote: "Sorry for sniffles & sneezes this morning.
Susanna wrote: "Sorry for sniffles and sneezes this morning.
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As the temperatures drop and the sniffles start, the quest to find some method to prevent the annual onslaught of the common cold or flu becomes increasingly desperate every winter.
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