v. snuf·fled, snuf·fling, snuf·fles
1. To breathe noisily, as through a blocked nose.
2. To sniff, especially repeatedly, as a dog.
To utter with a sound like that produced by snuffling.
1. The act or sound of snuffling.
2. snuffles The sniffles. Used with the.
[Probably from Dutch snuffelen, to sniff about, probably frequentative of snuffen, to sniff, from Middle Dutch snuiven.]
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