Snuf"fle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snuffled(?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snuffling (?).] [Freq. of snuff, v.i.; akin to LG. snuffeln, G. schnuffeln, D. snuffeln, Dan. snovle. 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.

 

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Snuf"fle, n.

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.]

 

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