British Regional
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.


Today’s downright cold and rainy weather elicits this response from me, especially in support of the runners of today’s Boston Marathon. The temperatures will be in the 40s all during the race, coldest on record for the race. Lots of hypothermia issues would seem to be possible. Good luck to all.

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