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
      • It was perched on the edge of one of the counters, sniffing the air with its tiny blue nose.
      • There's another network that will be sniffing the air for radioactive particles.
      • I sniffed the air; I couldn't pick up any scents that were out of place.
      • In fact, there was so much polish that you could almost get high by sniffing the air.
      • The dog leapt from the sidecar sniffing the air and ground for any sign of the vampiress.
      • He then progressed to sitting outside on the back doorstep, sniffing the air and surveying the territory.
      • He pulled back the piece of cloth that swathed his sunburnt head, and sniffed the air.
      • He brought the wet clump of earth to his nose and sniffed at it.
      • Rather than give an answer, the major sniffed the air, heavy with the scent of cooking.
      • The thing entered the room and looked around, sniffing the air for the scent of what he was after.
      • He sniffs the air, and catches a million faint scents no one else on the planet can detect.
      • He leaned over the pot and sniffed appreciatively as the smell of lamb reached his pointed nose.
      • She moved among the ashes sniffing the air hoping to pick up on his scent.
      • The wolf turned his head as he sniffed the air, catching the scent of man in his nostrils.
      • 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.
      • The snow tiger seemed edgy, and she sniffed the air as if searching for something.
      • He sniffs the air and finds the scent of the pizza.
      • Joe's collie dog got up from her basket under the table and joined him at the door, sniffing the air.
      • She walked towards him tentatively, sniffing the air, her cries echoing off the hard surfaces of the lab.
      • 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

      esnifar slang

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    (say scornfully)
    decir con desdén
    decir desdeñosamente
    • The smaller one picked them up, sniffed at them, and then glanced around suspiciously.
    • The two mongrel dogs skulked to her side and sniffed at the hem of her dress.
    • Five years ago we just would not even have sniffed at those awards.
    • They picked up items that lay strewn across the small control panel and sniffed at them.
    • 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.
    • His mother passed him a cup of tea, which he sniffed at suspiciously.
    • The predator sniffed at her prey once more, suddenly doubting that she had caught a genuine mate.
    • 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.
    • The girl sniffed at them and swept off to find someone less boyish to play with.
    • He picked it up, sniffed at it, and brought it as close to his eye as he could.
    • Nothing will stop him trying to sniff out chances.
    • She sniffed wearily at the smell of smoke, sweat and beery farts and opened the window.
    • The dog sniffed at each of them in turn, wagged his huge tail, and gave a booming bark of satisfaction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • She slowly sat up, sniffing and wiping her nose with a hand, happy anyway.
    • He sniffed at the plate, determining by scent in which sequence to push the buttons.

intransitive verb

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    (animal) husmear
    (animal) olfatear
    (animal) olisquear
    (animal) olfatear / olisquear algo
    stop sniffing! ¡no te sorbas 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)
    it's not to be sniffed at no es de despreciar / desdeñar


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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
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    olor masculine
    olorcillo masculine