no object – To look downcast; to grimace, or wrinkle one’s nose; to snivel.
Middle English; earliest use found in Ancrene Riwle. Origin uncertain; perhaps the reflex of an unattested Old English verbal derivative of hnifol brow, forehead (of unknown origin).
Neville niveled nastily at his supper. He didn’t like beets. He didn’t like lamb. Yet his mum served them at least once a week.