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Meaning of snivel

sniv•el

Pronunciation: (sniv'ul), [key]
— v., n. -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling,
—v.i.
  1. to weep or cry with sniffling.
  2. to affect a tearful state; whine.
  3. to run at the nose; have a runny nose: She sniveled from the cold.
  4. to draw up mucus audibly through the nose: Stop sniveling and use your handkerchief.
—v.t.
  1. to utter with sniveling or sniffling.
—n.
  1. weak, whining, or pretended weeping.
  2. a light sniffle, as in weeping.
  3. a hypocritical show of feeling: a sentimental snivel.
  4. mucus running from the nose.
  5. a sniveling condition; a slight cold; sniffles (usually prec. by the).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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