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To Snu'ffle. v.n. [snuffelen, Dutch.] To speak through the nose; to breath hard through the nose.

A water-spaniel came down the river, shewing that he hunted for a duck; and with a snuffling grace, disdaining that his smelling force could not as well prevail through the water as through the air, waited with his eye to see whether he could espy the duck's getting up again. Sidney.

            Bagpipes of the loudest drones,
With snuffling broken-winded tones,
Whose blasts of air in pockets shut,
Sound filthier than from the gut.

It came to the ape to deliver his opinion, who smelt and snuffled, and considered on't. L'Estrange.

            One clad in purple,
Eats and recites some lamentable rhyme;
Some senseless Phillis in a broken note,
Snuffling at nose, and croaking in his throat.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98) · Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Verb Neuter (131)

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