snivelling; snivelled; sniveled; snivels

Sometimes, when you really want something, you might resort to whining and blubbering to get it — in other words, you'll snivel. It's never pretty, so try to keep your dignity, and don't snivel!

If you want a real picture of the verb snivel, consider that the meaning of the assumed Old English word snyflan meant "to run at the nose, to sniffle." Even worse, that was derived from snofl, or "mucus." Pretty picture, eh? The word came to mean "be tearful," and it suggested someone who was weak or nasty. Today it is often used in its adjective form, sniveling, followed by a contemptuous noun like "coward."

Definitions of snivel
  1. verb
    cry or whine with snuffling
    “Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!”
    synonyms: blub, blubber, sniffle, snuffle
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    type of:
    cry, weep
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  2. verb
    talk in a tearful manner
    synonyms: whine
    grizzle, whine, yammer, yawp
    complain whiningly
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    snuff up mucus through the nose
    synonyms: snuffle
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    type of:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
  4. noun
    whining in a tearful manner
    synonyms: sniveling
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    type of:
    crying, tears, weeping
    the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
  5. noun
    the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    synonyms: sniffle, snuffle
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    type of:
    breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation
    the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
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