snif|ter «SNIHF tuhr», noun.
1. a stemmed glass for brandy or other aromatic alcoholic liquor, with a broad bottom and a narrow lip to prevent the aroma from escaping: »

swirling his brandy around in a snifter (New Yorker).

2. a small drink of alcoholic liquor.
[apparently < dialectal snift to sniff]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • snifter — snif·ter …   English syllables

  • snifter — snif|ter [ˈsnıftə US ər] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: snifter to sniff (14 19 centuries), from the sound] 1.) AmE a special large glass for drinking ↑brandy 2.) BrE old fashioned a small amount of an alcoholic drink …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • snifter — snif|ter [ snıftər ] noun count AMERICAN a glass shaped like a bowl used for drinking BRANDY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • snifter — snif•ter [[t]ˈsnɪf tər[/t]] n. 1) cer vin a pear shaped glass, narrowing at the top to intensify the aroma of brandy, liqueur, etc 2) +vin Informal. a very small drink of liquor • Etymology: 1840–50; der. of snifter to sniff, snivel, ME snyfteren …   From formal English to slang

  • fly — bot·fly; fly; fly·abil·i·ty; fly·able; fly·boat; fly·ing·ly; fly·less; fly·man; fly·ness; fly·ti·er; med·fly; re·fly; ruf·fly; snif·fly; snuf·fly; but·ter·fly·er; but·ter·fly; fly·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • snifter — I. /ˈsnɪftə/ (say sniftuh) noun 1. → balloon glass. 2. Colloquial a small drink of an alcoholic beverage. {British dialect snifter to sniff, from Middle English snifteren to sniff, from the notion that the glass is so designed that it is warmed… …  

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