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Principal Translations
sniff vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (smell [sth](algo)oler vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
  olfatear vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
sniff nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (quick smell)olisqueo nmnombre masculino: Sustantivo de género exclusivamente masculino ("televisor", "piso").
  aspiración nfnombre femenino: Sustantivo de género exclusivamente femenino ("mesa", "tabla").
 Carl took a sniff of the stew he was making and decided that perhaps it would be a better idea to go out to eat.
 
Additional Translations
sniff nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (inhalation to clear nose)resuello nmnombre masculino: Sustantivo de género exclusivamente masculino ("televisor", "piso").
  resoplido nmnombre masculino: Sustantivo de género exclusivamente masculino ("televisor", "piso").
 Jack had stopped crying and was now only giving an occasional sniff.
sniff viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (inhale to clear nose)resollar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa").
  resoplar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa").
 Tired of listening to Gerald sniff, Elizabeth offered him a tissue.
sniff [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (inhale through nose)aspirar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 Derek sniffed cocaine off the back of his hand.
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Compound Forms:
sniff around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (dog: try to pick up scent)olfatear vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
  rastrear con el olfato loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
sniff around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." figurative (person: investigate [sth](figurado)husmear vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 Lydia wasn't pleased when her neighbour told her some men had been sniffing around, asking questions about her.
 This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence. Ahí viene la chismosa de la vecina de nuevo, a husmear como siempre.
sniff at [sth] vi + prep figurative (show contempt)desechar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 The fans sniffed at the choice of new manager for the club.
 Los aficionados desecharon la opción de una nueva administración para el club.
sniff at [sth] vi + prep US, figurative (be interested) (figurado)oler vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
sniff at [sth] vi + prep (smell)olfatear, olisquear vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 The dog was sniffing at the food cupboard, indicating he was hungry.
 El perro estaba olisqueando el armario de la comida, indicando que tenía hambre.
sniff [sth] out vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." informal, figurative (detect)descubrir vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
  (figurado)averiguar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 A good auditor can sniff out the problems an accountant has disguised.
 Un buen auditor puede descubrir los problemas que ha disfrazado un contador.
sniff [sth] out vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (locate by smell)rastrear con el olfato loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
 The K9 corps really does a great job of sniffing out hidden drugs.
 El grupo K9 hizo un gran trabajo rastreando con el olfato las drogas escondidas.
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