sniv·el / ˈsnivəl/ • v. (sniv·eled, sniv·el·ing; Brit. sniv·elled, sniv·el·ling) [intr.] cry and sniffle: Kate started to snivel, looking sad and stunned. ∎ complain in a whining or tearful way: he shouldn't snivel about his punishment| [as adj.] (sniveling) you sniveling little brat! • n. a slight sniff indicating suppressed emotion or crying: Lucy's torrent of howls weakened to a snivel.DERIVATIVES: sniv·el·er n.sniv·el·ing·ly adv.