An example of a sniff is the act of inhaling the smell of barbecue.
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.
The critics sniffed at the adaptation of the novel to film.
The reporters came sniffing around for more details.
Sniffed the lilacs; sniffed the breeze for traces of smoke.
A sniff of perfume; a sniff of scandal.
I don't believe it," she sniffed.
Sniffed at the jar to see what it held.
Sniffed the cool morning air.
"He's never coming back, is he?" she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.
Dogs that sniffed out the trail through the snow; sniffed trouble ahead.
The countess sniffed her disapproval.
- Worthy of consideration or acceptance.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sniff
- Middle English sniffen probably of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition