Translation of sniff in Spanish:


oler, v.

Pronunciation /snɪf//snɪf/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(smell)

      (person) oler
      (animal) olfatear
      (animal) olisquear
      • I sniffed the air; I couldn't pick up any scents that were out of place.
      • He then progressed to sitting outside on the back doorstep, sniffing the air and surveying the territory.
      • The thing entered the room and looked around, sniffing the air for the scent of what he was after.
      • The snow tiger seemed edgy, and she sniffed the air as if searching for something.
      • The wolf turned his head as he sniffed the air, catching the scent of man in his nostrils.
      • She walked towards him tentatively, sniffing the air, her cries echoing off the hard surfaces of the lab.
      • He brought the wet clump of earth to his nose and sniffed at it.
      • He leaned over the pot and sniffed appreciatively as the smell of lamb reached his pointed nose.
      • Rather than give an answer, the major sniffed the air, heavy with the scent of cooking.
      • She moved among the ashes sniffing the air hoping to pick up on his scent.
      • In fact, there was so much polish that you could almost get high by sniffing the air.
      • He sniffs the air, and catches a million faint scents no one else on the planet can detect.
      • As we skimmed across the lagoon, sniffing the sea air, there was nothing to see at first but the odd sea bird perched on a marker buoy.
      • There's another network that will be sniffing the air for radioactive particles.
      • He sniffs the air and finds the scent of the pizza.
      • He pulled back the piece of cloth that swathed his sunburnt head, and sniffed the air.
      • Joe's collie dog got up from her basket under the table and joined him at the door, sniffing the air.
      • The dog leapt from the sidecar sniffing the air and ground for any sign of the vampiress.
      • It was perched on the edge of one of the counters, sniffing the air with its tiny blue nose.
      • And I would see people subtly sniff the air and then their own clothing, not sure whether it was themselves that were smelling slightly off or not.

    • 1.2

      (glue) inhalar
      (glue) esnifar slang

  • 2

    (say scornfully)
    decir con desdén
    decir desdeñosamente
    • Nothing will stop him trying to sniff out chances.
    • The smaller one picked them up, sniffed at them, and then glanced around suspiciously.
    • The predator sniffed at her prey once more, suddenly doubting that she had caught a genuine mate.
    • She slowly sat up, sniffing and wiping her nose with a hand, happy anyway.
    • Like I mention in all my articles, search engines are getting smarter and can detect and sniff out a network of web sites created to help one thing, profit.
    • A hairless hand scooped the slabs up and raised them to the face as the creature sniffed at the steaks.
    • She sniffed wearily at the smell of smoke, sweat and beery farts and opened the window.
    • Five years ago we just would not even have sniffed at those awards.
    • Surreptitiously, he sniffed at it as he raised it to his lips, then took a small sip.
    • His large snout sniffed at the air, and he bowed graciously, his large ears flopping.
    • Angel sniffed at my hand, then climbed up my arm and started sniffing at my face.
    • In the past, some elitists have sniffed at her for precisely these reasons, but her fans love her as much for who she is as for her beautiful voice.
    • He picked it up, sniffed at it, and brought it as close to his eye as he could.
    • The grass waved around in the breeze and a few animals scurried away except for a rabbit, whose curiosity overcame it and it sniffed at the human.
    • He sniffed at the plate, determining by scent in which sequence to push the buttons.
    • The two mongrel dogs skulked to her side and sniffed at the hem of her dress.
    • The dog sniffed at each of them in turn, wagged his huge tail, and gave a booming bark of satisfaction.
    • His mother passed him a cup of tea, which he sniffed at suspiciously.
    • They picked up items that lay strewn across the small control panel and sniffed at them.
    • The girl sniffed at them and swept off to find someone less boyish to play with.

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1

      (animal) husmear
      (animal) olfatear
      (animal) olisquear
      to sniff at sth olfatear / olisquear algo

    • 1.2

      stop sniffing! ¡no hagas ese ruido con la nariz!
      • I miss him, she said sniffing —lo echo de menos —dijo, tratando de no llorar
      • she sniffed audibly when I told her how much it had cost resopló cuando le dije cuánto había costado
      • to sniff at sth oler algo

  • 2to sniff at

    (be dismissive)


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    (act, sound)
    I heard sobs and sniffs coming from her bedroom oí sollozos y resuellos que venían de su habitación
    • she gave a sniff to clear her nose aspiró fuerte para despejarse la nariz
    • she gave a sniff and turned her back on me dio un resoplido y me volvió la espalda
    • to have a sniff of sth oler algo
    • have a sniff of this huele esto
    • one sniff of the gas and he felt drowsy con una inhalación del gas ya se sintió adormecido
    • The muffled sounds of sniffs and small sobs could barely be heard through the door.
    • When the young woman gets to the counter, the female clerk sniffs, looks up and tells her that she recognizes the man's scent.
    • With a loud sniff, Laura rose from the bed and walked into the kitchen.
    • The soft kid slippers she wore on her feet made a sound like short quick sniffs.
    • Slowly, her wails subsided, and turned into quiet sniffs.
    • She bent over the table and swept her head over the mushrooms, giving a loud sniff.
    • She didn't answer him, another desolate sniff sounding instead.
    • If you could ask a rat, it could locate the direction of the stench's source in a single sniff, scientists report in a new study.
    • The sounds of her occasional sniffs could be heard.
    • I heard her sniff and looked up in time to see her wipe away tears from her own red eyes.
    • She used Ryan's jacket to cover her numbing feet, and, glancing at his seating position, she gave a loud sniff.
    • A loud sniff resounded in the room and I snickered.
    • ‘I've caught somesing,’ she replied then interrupted with a loud sniff.
    • He was answered with what sounded like a sniff and a smothered sob.
    • An easier life-lesson would be greatly appreciated, she thought while sounding a sniff.
    • The sound of an occasional sniff twisted the pain even deeper.
    • We sat there for a few minutes in silence, the only sound was of my sniffs and whimpers as I tried to stop crying.
    • And without another word, and only a single sniff, she turned on her heel and began home, walking at first before she made her way onto the next street and broke into tears.
    • The lady carefully pouted, and gave a loud sniff.
    • Her sweet tears dribbled down my face as her sniffs turned to heartfelt sobs.
  • 2

    olor masculine
    olorcillo masculine
    • It seems like the latter until the media gets a sniff of a racy story and the girls are suddenly on a roller coaster ride of global media attention.
    • Now, whether you seek our civilisation in religion, language, values, aesthetics or habits of thought, you get only a myth or a sniff of it, never the real thing.
    • He look a deep sniff of the substance and smiled.
    • The downside to this is that you turn into a cautionary cynic, not trusting anything that comes out of a publisher's mouth and avoiding anything with a sniff of hype.
    • Everyone in the county will know someone who fits the bill - a middle aged man, living alone in the middle of rural Ireland, someone who doesn't look like he ever got so much as a sniff of a woman.
    • Maybe they'll get a sniff of it here, just north of the geographic center of the lower 48 states.
    • ‘I came here for justice,’ she said, ‘but didn't get a sniff of it from him.’
    • They know what success is about and they have got a sniff of it again.
    • Keep them there for a while, just long enough for them to have been put through the mill a bit and caught a sniff of final victory, then rip the carpet from under them at the very last minute.
    • But you can definitely see some clubs having a bit of a sniff of him because the lad has a lot to offer.
    • He may now be saying he wants to spend more time with his young son, but come next season the sniff of liniment might become something he can't refuse.
    • To be fair, the resulting record didn't even have a sniff of desperation around it, but it remained a scrappy work from perhaps the one band most people considered to be absolutely bulletproof.
    • She was a left-wing Labour parliamentary candidate long before her husband-to-be got a sniff of elected office.
    • It didn't take much wandering to gather a large handful of the tiny light green leaves; just a sniff of them honed my hunger.
    • As yet, he has only received a sniff of interest from prospective new employers and continues to harbour hopes that he can prove his worth to the Minstermen in 2005-06.
    • She heard his sniff of disbelief, but she didn't let that deter her.
    • Once you're offered a sniff of a lucky break, be willing and reliable - if you keep turning down unpalatable shifts, don't expect them to keep offering work to you.
    • If there is a sniff of politics in deciding this issue I believe the electoral punishment for that side would be ruthless.