- The definition of a sniff is an act of drawing in through the nose, or something smelled.
An example of a sniff is the act of inhaling the smell of barbecue.
- Sniff is defined as to draw in air through the nose, or to detect or figure something out.
- An example of sniff is to get a whiff of fresh baked pie.
- An example of sniff is for a dog to find a criminal by following the criminal's scent.
- to draw in air through the nose with enough force to be heard, as in clearing the nose, smelling something, or expressing contempt or skepticism
- to say in a curt and disdainful way, with or as if with a sniff: I don't believe it," she sniffed.
Origin of sniffMiddle English sniffen, akin to Danish snive, of echoic origin, originally
- to breathe in forcibly through the nose; draw in or inhale nasally
- to smell (a substance) by sniffing
- to detect, perceive, or get a suspicion of by or as by sniffing: often with out
- an act or sound of sniffing
- something sniffed
not to be sniffed at
verbsniffed, sniff·ing, sniffs
- a. To inhale a short, audible breath through the nose, as in smelling something.b. To sniffle.
- To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating: sniffed at the jar to see what it held.
- To regard something in a contemptuous or dismissive manner: The critics sniffed at the adaptation of the novel to film.
- Informal To pry; snoop: The reporters came sniffing around for more details.
- To inhale forcibly through the nose: sniffed the cool morning air.
- To smell, as in savoring or investigating: sniffed the lilacs; sniffed the breeze for traces of smoke.
- To perceive or detect by or as if by sniffing: dogs that sniffed out the trail through the snow; sniffed trouble ahead.
- To utter in a contemptuous or haughty manner: The countess sniffed her disapproval.
- An instance or the sound of sniffing.
- Something sniffed or perceived by or as if by sniffing; a whiff: a sniff of perfume; a sniff of scandal.
Origin of sniffMiddle English sniffen probably of Scandinavian origin
- An instance of sniffing.
- She gave the flowers a quick sniff to check they were real.
- A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose
- A brief perception
(third-person singular simple present sniffs, present participle sniffing, simple past and past participle sniffed)
- (intransitive) To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.
- The dog sniffed around the park, searching for a nice scent.
- I sniffed the meat to see if it hadn't gone off.
- To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness, or in contempt.
- "He's never coming back, is he?" she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.
- To perceive vaguely
- I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.
- To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.
- (computing) To intercept and analyse packets of data being transmitted over a network.