Etymology
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sniffle (v.)

"snuffle slightly," 1819, frequentative form of sniff (v.). Related: Sniffled; sniffling.

As a noun, "an act of sniffling," by 1880; the sniffles "runny nose, head cold" is recorded from 1825. Sniffly (1897) tends to refer to physical symptoms, "characterized by sniffling;" while sniffy (1858) means "inclined to be scornful, disdainful and disagreeable." Snuffy "annoyed" is from 1670s; also compare huffy, miffy.

updated on February 02, 2023

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