Whimper vs Sniffle - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between whimper and sniffle

is that whimper is a low intermittent sob while sniffle is the act, or the sound of sniffling; the condition of having a runny or wet nose, as from a cold or allergies.

As verbs the difference between whimper and sniffle

is that whimper is to cry or sob softly and intermittently while sniffle is to make a whimpering or sniffing sound when breathing because of a runny nose.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

whimper

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A low intermittent sob.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cry or sob softly and intermittently.
  • The lonely puppy began to whimper as soon as we left the room.
  • * 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde)
  • At the sight of Mr. Utterson, the housemaid broke into hysterical whimpering ; and the cook, crying out "Bless God! it's Mr. Utterson," ran forward as if to take him in her arms.
  • To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain.
  • * Latimer
  • Was there ever yet preacher but there were gainsayers that spurned, that winced, that whimpered against him?
  • To say something in a whimpering manner.
  • "Master, please don't punish me!" he whimpered .

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    * whimperative

    sniffle

    English

    Verb

    (sniffl)
  • To make a whimpering or sniffing sound when breathing because of a runny nose.
  • Sonia sniffled a little, and her eyes were puffy and wet.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act, or the sound of sniffling; the condition of having a runny or wet nose, as from a cold or allergies.
  • I sometimes have a sniffle during allergy season.