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Sniff Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sniff n : sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose [syn: snuff] v
  1. perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume" [syn: whiff]
  2. inhale audibly through the nose; "the sick student was sniffling in the back row" [syn: sniffle]
Sniff Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sniff \Sniff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniffedor Snift; p. pr. & vb. n. Sniffing.] [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.] To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt. So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven. --M. Arnold.
Sniff Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sniff \Sniff\, v. t.
  1. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.
  2. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger.
Sniff Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sniff \Sniff\, n. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.
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Sniff is a character in the Moomin series of books by Finnish author Tove Jansson. Moomintroll's immature friend and later adopted brother. He is the son of the Muddler and the Fuzzy. He is one of the few characters in the Moomin series who is sincerely interested in money, and is always on the lookout for another way to get rich quick. This trait in him is often played as a contrast to Snufkin, who doesn't care much about worldly belongings, and their two different philosophies sometimes clash—although Snufkin is generally portrayed as the wiser of the two.

Particularly in the earlier books, Sniff seems to be younger than the other major characters, and many of his negative qualities can be said to be those of a thoughtless child; he is selfish, greedy and quick to push all responsibility over on other people, but he is not malicious or mean-spirited. He's also easily frightened or upset, and not very fond of taking risks, although he will often overcome his fears if there's a chance of treasure or wealth.

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* Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us. - Loren


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