What does sniff mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sniff, snuff(verb)

    sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose

  2. sniff, whiff(verb)

    perceive by inhaling through the nose

    "sniff the perfume"

  3. sniff, sniffle(verb)

    inhale audibly through the nose

    "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"

Wiktionary

  1. sniff(Noun)

    An instance of sniffing.

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

  2. sniff(Noun)

    A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose

  3. sniff(Noun)

    A brief perception

  4. sniff(Verb)

    To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.

  5. sniff(Verb)

    To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness

    "He's never coming back, is he?", she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.

  6. sniff(Verb)

    To perceive vaguely

    I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.

  7. sniff(Verb)

    To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sniff(verb)

    to draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt

    Etymology: [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.]

  2. Sniff(verb)

    to draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country

    Etymology: [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.]

  3. Sniff(verb)

    to perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger

    Etymology: [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.]

  4. Sniff(noun)

    the act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air

    Etymology: [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Sniff

    Sniff is a character in the Moomin series of books by Finnish author Tove Jansson. Sniff is Moomintroll's immature friend and later adopted brother. He is the son of the Muddler and the Fuzzy. He is one of the few characters in the Moomin series who is sincerely interested in money, and is always on the lookout for another way to get rich quick. This trait in him is often played as a contrast to Snufkin, who doesn't care much about worldly belongings, and their two different philosophies sometimes clash—although Snufkin is generally portrayed as the wiser of the two. Particularly in the earlier books, Sniff seems to be younger than the other major characters, and many of his negative qualities can be said to be those of a thoughtless child; he is selfish, greedy and quick to push all responsibility over on other people, but he is not malicious or mean-spirited. He's also easily frightened or upset, and not very fond of taking risks, although he will often overcome his fears if there's a chance of treasure or wealth. Sniff is one of the first characters introduced in the series; in fact, he is the first person Moomintroll and Moominmamma encounter on their journey in The Moomins and the Great Flood, although he has not yet been given an actual name and is referred throughout the story simply as "the small creature."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sniff

    snif, v.t. to draw in with the breath through the nose.—v.i. to snuff or draw in air sharply through the nose: to snuff.—n. perception of smell: a short sharp inhalation, or the sound made by such.—v.i. Snif′fle, to snuffle.—n. Snif′fler, a slight breeze.—adj. Snif′fy, inclined to be disdainful.—vs.i. Snift, to sniff, snivel; Snift′er, to sniff.—n. a sniff: (pl.) stoppage of the nasal passages in catarrh: (slang) a dram: (U.S.) a severe storm.—n. Snift′ing-valve, an air-valve connecting with a steam-cylinder, as in a condensing engine—also Tail-valve, Blow-valve.—adj. Snift′y (slang), having a tempting smell. [Scand.; Dan. snive, snuff; Ger. schnieben.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. sniff

    1. To watch packets traversing a network. Most often in the phrase packet sniffer, a program for doing same. 2. Synonym for poll.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sniff' in Verbs Frequency: #1054

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sniff in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sniff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sniff in a Sentence

  1. Mary McCarthy:

    Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.

  2. Khadija Abraham:

    Experiments show that these rats can detect a sample with TB parasites in a second and evidence has shown that they are able to sniff out even those with very minimal parasites.

  3. Claire Guest:

    There have already been so many fantastic achievements in the dogs work to detect human disease, and I believe they can be trained to sniff out COVID-19.

  4. Franklin Templeton:

    If we do get a little sniff of higher yields or a wee bit of inflation or even a return to growth or even the Fed trying to get through to a second rate hike, we think the valuations (of banks) could start to reflect an improving fundamental scenario.

  5. Robert Selhorst:

    One of my dogs went under the fence to sniff his dogs, my dog’s tail was wagging. He was just sniffing his dog and the guy, like night and day, flipped out.

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Translations for sniff

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  • شمArabic
  • schnüffelnGerman
  • olfatearSpanish
  • nuuhkaista, nuuhkaus, nyrpistelläFinnish
  • reniflerFrench
  • szippant, fanyalog, szippantás, szimatol, fintorogHungarian
  • whakamonoMāori
  • pociągać nosem, węszyć, niuchaćPolish
  • sinq'ayQuechua
  • сопение, принюхиваться, фыркнуть, шмыгание, шмыгать, шмыгнуть, принюхаться, фыркатьRussian

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