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snif·fle / ˈsnifəl/ • v. [intr.] sniff slightly or repeatedly, typically because of a cold or fit of crying.• n. an act of sniffing in such a way: he was restraining his sniffles rather well. ∎  a head cold causing a running nose and sniffing: she had a slight cough and a sniffle they may get damp and catch the sniffles.DERIVATIVES: snif·fler / ˈsnif(ə)lər/ n.snif·fly / ˈsnif(ə)lē/ adj.