Definition of 'sniff'
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She was soon sniffing around again on my other side. FRIENDS FOR LIFE (2003)Some reports say there are dogs which can sniff out cancers. The Sun (2009)The dog was in training to sniff out illegal drugs. Times, Sunday Times (2008)One sniff of victory and they clamber all over you. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He only needs a sniff of a chance to score. The Sun (2007)She perched next to him on the table and sniffed the air. A Time of War (1993)The first sniff is almost pure alcohol. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It must be time for the journalists to come sniffing around again. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He can sniff the way the wind is blowing as well as anyone. The Sun (2015) Dogs sniff the cobbles urgently for traces of meat. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Dogs were also sent in to sniff out illicit drugs. The Sun (2011)Once we did put on that pressure we could sniff out the victory. Times, Sunday Times (2011)So having a good sniff at first meeting may be important. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There has been the odd instance of an apparently rogue character sniffing around a football club only to back out. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Before his goal, he had not had a sniff of a chance. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Before we notice anything else, our noses sniff out potential compatibility. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He was sitting on a log; he sniffed the air and kept glancing uneasily round the wood. The Tales of Beatrix Potter (1930)A test saw participants given neutral scents to sniff while looking at photos of people. The Sun (2015)
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Translations for 'sniff'
British English: sniff /snɪf/ VERB
When you sniff, you suddenly and quickly breathe in air through your nose.
She dried her eyes and sniffed.
- American English: sniff
- Arabic: يَشْتِمُّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: fungar
- Chinese: 嗅
- Croatian: šmrcati
- Czech: popotáhnout nosem
- Danish: snøfte
- Dutch: snuiven
- European Spanish: olfatear insistentemente
- Finnish: niiskuttaa
- French: renifler
- German: schnuppern
- Greek: ρουθουνίζω
- Italian: annusare
- Japanese: 鼻で吸う
- Korean: 코를 킁킁거리다
- Norwegian: snuse
- Polish: powąchać
- European Portuguese: fungar
- Romanian: a inspira rapid
- Russian: вдыхать через нос
- Latin American Spanish: olfatear
- Swedish: lukta
- Thai: สูดจมูกฟุดฟิต
- Turkish: burnunu çekmek
- Ukrainian: вдихати
- Vietnamese: hít
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