snuffle

When you snuffle you breathe in a sniffly, stuffed-up way through your nose. People are most likely to snuffle when they're crying or have a bad cold.

For some people, spring means warmer weather and pretty flowers, but for others it means their allergies make them snuffle and sneeze continuously. When you see a sad movie in a theater, you'll probably hear people snuffle all around you — and if you visit the zoo or a farm, you can watch animals snuffle, or sniff at things. The Old English version of snuffle is snofl, "phlegm or mucus."

Definitions of snuffle
  1. verb
    snuff up mucus through the nose
    synonyms: snivel
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    type of:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
  2. verb
    sniff or smell inquiringly
    synonyms: snuff
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    type of:
    smell
    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  3. verb
    cry or whine with snuffling
    synonyms: blub, blubber, sniffle, snivel
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    type of:
    cry, weep
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  4. noun
    the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    synonyms: sniffle, snivel
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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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