In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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 desdéndecir 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.
1.1(animal) husmear(animal) olfatear(animal) olisquearto sniff at sth — olfatear / olisquear algo
1.2stop 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)despreciardesdeñar
1(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(smell)olor masculineolorcillo 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.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.