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

v cry or whine with snuffling

“Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!”
blub, blubber, sniffle, snuffle
Type of:
cry, weep
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

v talk in a tearful manner

grizzle, whine, yammer, yawp
complain whiningly
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v snuff up mucus through the nose

Type of:
breathe in, inhale, inspire
draw in (air)

n whining in a tearful manner

Type of:
crying, tears, weeping
the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

n the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)

sniffle, snuffle
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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