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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snuffle \Snuf"fle\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Snuffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snuffling}.] [Freq. of snuff, v.i.; akin to LG. snuffeln, G. schn["u]ffeln, D. snuffeln, Dan. sn["o]vle. Cf. {Sniffle}.] To speak through the nose; to breathe through the nose when it is obstructed, so as to make a broken sound.

One clad in purple Eats, and recites some lamentable rhyme . . . Snuffling at nose, and croaking in his throat. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snuffle \Snuf"fle\, noun

1. 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. --Coleridge.

2. An affected nasal twang; hence, cant; hypocrisy.

3. pl. Obstruction of the nose by mucus; nasal catarrh of infants or children. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

snuffle

noun

1: the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested) [syn: {snuffle}, {sniffle}, {snivel}]

verb

1: sniff or smell inquiringly [syn: {snuff}, {snuffle}]

2: snuff up mucus through the nose [syn: {snuffle}, {snivel}]

3: cry or whine with snuffling; "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!" [syn: {snivel}, {sniffle}, {blubber}, {blub}, {snuffle}]


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