Etymology
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snivel (v.)

Old English *snyflan "to run at the nose," related to snyflung "running of the nose," snofl "nasal mucus;" see snout. Meaning "to be in an (affected) tearful state" is from 1680s. Related: Snivelled; snivelling. As a noun from 14c. Melville coined snivelization (1849). Middle English had contemptuous term snivelard (n.).

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Definitions of snivel
1
snivel (v.)
talk in a tearful manner;
Synonyms: whine
snivel (v.)
snuff up mucus through the nose;
Synonyms: snuffle
snivel (v.)
cry or whine with snuffling;
Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!
Synonyms: sniffle / blubber / blub / snuffle
2
snivel (n.)
whining in a tearful manner;
Synonyms: sniveling
snivel (n.)
the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested);
Synonyms: snuffle / sniffle
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