to "niff"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Sep 7 00:15:19 UTC 2007

Latest OED online has this British v. as "to sniff" from 1952. Here's one considerably earlier:

  1930 C. R. Benstead _Retreat_ (N.Y.: Century) 124 [ref. to 1918]: Like an ol' bull when e' [sic] niffs a bit o' cow.


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