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sniveling

[ sniv-uh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF sniveling
  • verbcomplain
  • verbcry

Synonyms for sniveling

  • gripe
  • groan
  • whimper
  • whine
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SNIVELING

Come, come; don't go to sniveling; be a good girl, and mind the main chance.

Augustine went off, sobbing and sniveling, dragging her feet in the snow.

From sobbing, Miss Winthrop dwindled to sniveling, and there she stopped.

She did not care about him, so what was she sniveling about and making her nose all red?

What care have we for monastery bells and sniveling priests!

And that sniveling boy will give me no more of his infernal lip!

He is only a peasant's sniveling cub, a mountaineer's orphan brat!

It might do for some sniveling sycophant of learning and money, but he was going forth to—what?

You know that if there is anything I'm dead sore on it's that sniveling rot.

Are we a generation of driveling, sniveling, degraded slaves?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English *snyflan "to run at the nose" (cf. snyflung "running of the nose"), related to snofl "nasal mucus;" see snout. Meaning "to be in an (affected) tearful state" is from 1680s. Related: Snivelled; snivelling. As a noun from 14c. Melville coined snivelization (1849). Middle English had contemptuous term snivelard (n.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SNIVELING

dissatisfied

adjectivediscontented, unhappy

fawning

adjectivedeferential, groveling
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