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adjective uk old-fashioned informal (US usually sniveling)   /ˈsnɪv.əl.ɪŋ/ us  
used to describe someone you do not like because they are weak and unpleasant: That snivelling creep/coward!Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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