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Definition of Sniff


  1. To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.
  2. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.
  3. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger.
  4. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.

Sniff Quotations

Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us.
Loren Eiseley

A nose that can see is worth two that sniff.
Eugene Ionesco

Unlike the primate hand, the elephant's grasping organ is also its nose. Elephants use their trunks not only to reach food but also to sniff and touch it. With their unparalleled sense of smell, the animals know exactly what they are going for. Vision is secondary.
Frans de Waal

I have been able to sniff out a phony.
Jennifer Coolidge

I do like a little romance... just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven't got that.
Anthony Trollope
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Sniff Translations

sniff in French is renifler
sniff in Italian is sbuffare
sniff in Spanish is olfatear, curiosear
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