Sniff meaning

snĭf
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.

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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.

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To regard something in a contemptuous or dismissive manner.

The critics sniffed at the adaptation of the novel to film.

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To pry; snoop.

The reporters came sniffing around for more details.

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To smell, as in savoring or investigating.

Sniffed the lilacs; sniffed the breeze for traces of smoke.

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Something sniffed or perceived by or as if by sniffing; a whiff.

A sniff of perfume; a sniff of scandal.

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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.
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To say in a curt and disdainful way, with or as if with a sniff.

I don't believe it," she sniffed.

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To breathe in forcibly through the nose; draw in or inhale nasally.
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To smell (a substance) by sniffing.
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To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating.

Sniffed at the jar to see what it held.

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To inhale forcibly through the nose.

Sniffed the cool morning air.

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To look at network traffic as it is being transmitted. The network packets may be analyzed in real time or stored for later inspection. See network analyzer.
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An instance of sniffing.

She gave the flowers a quick sniff to check they were real.

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A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose.
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A brief perception.
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(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.

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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.

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To perceive vaguely.

I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.

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To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.
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(computing) To intercept and analyse packets of data being transmitted over a network.
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To perceive or detect by or as if by sniffing.

Dogs that sniffed out the trail through the snow; sniffed trouble ahead.

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To utter in a contemptuous or haughty manner.

The countess sniffed her disapproval.

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An instance or the sound of sniffing.
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To detect, perceive, or get a suspicion of by or as by sniffing.
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An act or sound of sniffing.
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Something sniffed.
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To inhale forcibly through the nose.
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An instance or the sound of sniffing.
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not to be sniffed at
  • Worthy of consideration or acceptance.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

not to be sniffed at

Origin of sniff

  • Middle English sniffen probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition