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Snuffle  n.  
The act of snuffing; a sound made by the air passing through the nose when obstructed. "This dread sovereign, Breath, in its passage, gave a snort or snuffle."
An affected nasal twang; hence, cant; hypocrisy.
pl. Obstruction of the nose by mucus; nasal catarrh of infants or children. (Colloq.)

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Snuffle" Quotes from Famous Books

... out of the door, and smooth up the bed, while she composed her features and her ideas to receive her visitor. Both, from long habit rather than from any cause or reason, were of a querulous cast, and her ordinary tone was a snuffle expressive of deep-seated affliction. She was at once plaintive and voluable, and in moments of excitement her need of freeing her mind was so great that she took herself into her own confidence, and found a more sympathetic ...
— Henry James, Jr. • William Dean Howells

... was tempted to scream first, so as to see what would happen. She thought that all work would be instantly thrown down, and that everybody would answer her cry, and then begin noisily to sob. Even miserable as she was, the thought of this avalanche of feminine excitability made Sally snuffle with amusement. She pictured Gaga running out of his room, distraught, looking yellow and bilious, his eyes staring wildly out of his head, as do the eyes of prawns. And then? And then Rose Anstey would fall bellowing into his arms, and Sally would ...
— Coquette • Frank Swinnerton

... fix which side of the gardenwalk would suit him best, but continually shifted, corkscrew fashion, and kept trying both; a heavy-laden, high- aspiring, and surely much-suffering man. His voice, naturally soft and good, had contracted itself into a plaintive snuffle and singsong; he spoke as if preaching—you could have said preaching earnestly and almost hopelessly the weightiest things. I still recollect his 'object' and 'subject,' terms of continual recurrence in the Kantean province; and how he sang and snuffled them ...
— English Men of Letters: Coleridge • H. D. Traill

... very narrow "loanan "—what they call a "boreen" in other parts of Ireland—the other man, who was a bit of a wag, would put his hand to his nose, and make a motion of putting it aside, as if there was not sufficient room for two such organs, and call out with a kind of snuffle: "Pass, Brian!" ...
— The Life Story of an Old Rebel • John Denvir

... his example gave to their wickedness, and to make "capital" out of the "persecution." And who shall blame him—when in the weary intervals of a laborious and thankless profession, fatigue repressed enthusiasm—if he sometimes eked out the want of inspiration by a godly snuffle? True piety reduces even the weapons of the scorner to the service of religion, and the citadel of the Gloomy Kingdom is bombarded with the artillery of Satan! Thus, the nose, which is so serviceable in the production of the devilish and unchristian sneer, is elevated by a saintlike zeal, to the ...
— Western Characters - or Types of Border Life in the Western States • J. L. McConnel

... aquiline nose reversed. It was not a nose snubbed at the extremity, gross, heavy, or carbuncled, or fluting. In all its magnitude of proportions, it was an intellectual nose. It was thin, horny, transparent, and sonorous. Its snuffle was consequential and its sneeze oracular. The very sight of it was impressive; its sound, when blown in school hours, was ominous. But the scholars loved the nose for the warning which it gave: like the rattle ...
— Jacob Faithful • Captain Frederick Marryat

... tucked up, and she was wearing a large apron over her striped petticoat. Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; and underneath her cap—where Lucie had yellow curls—that ...
— The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle • Beatrix Potter

Words linked to "Snuffle" :   breathing, inspire, sniffle, cry, blub, inhale, snuffler, external respiration, smell, snuffly, breathe in, blubber

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