Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, also use sniff about, sniff round
1. phrasal verb If a person is sniffing around, they are trying to find out information about something, especially information that someone else does not want known. [informal] [V P] ⇒ But really, what harm could it possibly do to pop down there and just sniff around? [V P n] ⇒ A couple of plain-clothes men had been sniffing round his apartment. 2. phrasal verb [no passive] → sniff If a person or organization is sniffing around someone, they are trying to get them, for example as a lover, employee, or client. [informal] [V P n] ⇒ When I had to go away to university, I was convinced that other men would be sniffing round her. [V P n] ⇒ Rioch knows the big clubs have been sniffing around Andy Walker.
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