When you sniff, you breathe in air through your nose hard enough to make a sound, for example when you are trying not to cry, or in order to show disapproval. She wiped her face and sniffed loudly Then he sniffed. There was a smell of burning He sniffed back the tears. Sniff is also a noun. At last the sobs ceased, to be replaced by sniffs
sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose inhale audibly through the nose; "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"
If you sniff something or sniff at it, you smell it by sniffing. Suddenly, he stopped and sniffed the air She sniffed at it suspiciously
If you say that something is not to be sniffed at, you think it is very good or worth having. If someone sniffs at something, they do not think it is good enough, or they express their contempt for it. The salary was not to be sniffed at either Foreign Office sources sniffed at reports that British troops might be sent
If you get a sniff of something, you learn or guess that it might be happening or might be near. You know what they'll be like if they get a sniff of a murder investigation Have the Press got a sniff yet? Then, at the first sniff of danger, he was back at his post. = whiff, hint
sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose inhale audibly through the nose; "the sick student was sniffling in the back row" perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume
If someone sniffs a substance such as glue, they deliberately breathe in the substance or the gases from it as a drug. He felt light-headed, as if he'd sniffed glue. + sniffer sniffers sniff·er teenage glue sniffers
inhale audibly through the nose; "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"
If a person is sniffing around, they are trying to find out information about something, especially information that someone else does not want known. But really, what harm could it possibly do to pop down there and just sniff around? A couple of plain-clothes men had been sniffing round his apartment. = nose around
If a person or organization is sniffing around someone, they are trying to get them, for example as a lover, employee, or client. When I had to go away to university, I was convinced that other men would be sniffing round her
When a dog used by a group such as the police sniffs out hidden explosives or drugs, it finds them using its sense of smell. A police dog, trained to sniff out explosives, found evidence of a bomb in the apartment
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