An instance of sniffing.
A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose
A brief perception
- She gave the flowers a quick sniff to check they were real.
, date=November 3
, author=Chris Bevan
, title=Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Tottenham did have a sniff
of goal when Defoe's drilled cross just eluded his strike partner at the far post but their best effort came early in the second half when Ryan Fredericks cut in from the right before firing into the side netting.}}
(ambitransitive) To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.
- The dog sniffed around the park, searching for a nice scent.
To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness, or in contempt.
- I sniffed the meat to see if it hadn't gone off.
To perceive vaguely
- "He's never coming back, is he?" she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.
To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.
(computing) To intercept and analyse packets of data being transmitted over a network.
(slang, UK) To inhale drugs in powder form (usually cocaine) through the nose.
- I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.
* sniff test