Pronunciation: (snif),[key] —v.i. 1. to draw air through the nose in short, audible inhalations.
2. to clear the nose by so doing; sniffle.
3. to smell by short inhalations.
4. to show disdain, contempt, etc., by or as by sniffing.
—v.t. 1. to perceive by or as by smelling: to sniff a scandal. 2. to inhale through the nose: to sniff the air.
—n. 1. an act of sniffing; a single, short, audible inhalation.
2. the sound made by such an act.
3. a scent or odor perceived: a sniff of perfume.