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sniff

sniff

 
 
pronunciation:
snIf
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sniffed, sniffing, sniffs
definition 1: to take in short, audible breaths of air through the nose.
definition 2: to smell an odor with short inhalations through the nose.
The dog was sniffing at the scent.
similar words:
smell
definition 3: to express contempt or lack of approval or respect (usu. fol. by at).
They sniffed at my attempts to apologize.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to draw into the nose or smell with short inhalations.
They tasted and sniffed the powdery substance.
similar words:
smell
definition 2: to sense or detect; perceive.
We could sniff the difficulties that lay ahead of us.
similar words:
root, smell
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a short inhalation of air through the nose, esp. one that can be heard.
definition 2: a faint odor, aroma, or trace.
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derivation: sniffer (n.)
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