1. a portion or drink of alcohol; occas. of water (see cit. 1884).
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 21 May n.p.: They bolted straight to the bar, and had two snifters of gin.|
|Phoenixiana 148: An elderly female, drawing a black pint bottle from the pocket of her dress, proceeded to take a snifter.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 98: ‘Take another “snifter,” Bill,’ suggested Drake, pouring out half a tumbler full of the bingo.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Jan. 11/4: The Lieutenant used to take his ‘snifters’ at the saloon.|
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 143: With every ‘snifter’ of that water I swallowed a tablespoon of iron rust.letter 10 Dec. in Byrkit|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 8 Mar. 4/3: Will you drink a snifter of Watson’s best / Or a long deep sinker swill?|
|West Aus. Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Feb. 8/1: They say [...] that one half-drowned beer-slinger was unfortunately wearing lingerie of a lurid blue [...] that the said beauteous snifter-server had discarded evening dress.|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 53: ‘Come, all hands, and have a little throat burner with me.’ The men were all glad enough to step up and take a snifter with the stranger.|
|(con. 1875) Early Days on the Western Slope of Colorado 89: A big snifter of ‘the Gukenheimer’.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/4: ‘Come up ’ere and ave a snifter, dearie,’ ses Emily. [...] ‘Come and ave a drink’.|
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 196: What you need—you need a little snifter.‘Big Blonde’ in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 23: Jeeves brought it in with the before-luncheon snifter.|
|Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1953) 47: George and I took a couple of snifters to keep from taking cold.|
|Darling Buds of May (1985) 51: Well, that’s worth a drink [...] What about a snifter?|
|Gaily, Gaily 109: I felt a hand on my chest and grabbed it. There was a bottle in the hand. ‘Take a snifter.’.|
|A Little of What You Fancy (1985) 491: How about a snifter all round?|
|Smiley’s People 173: They even have a quick snifter in a café.|
|(con. 1945) Touch and Go 67: I’ll go out, have a few snifters.|
|Guardian Travel 8 Jan. 17: Perfect place for a quick snifter.|
|Sucked In 253: We’ll get our heads together over a post-prandial snifter.|
|Life During Wartime (2018) 80: [A] bloody mutton chop and a snifter of Laphroaig waiting for me.‘Letters to Santa’ in|
2. in fig. use, a (small) portion.
|Manhattan Transfer 104: They tell me that Interborough Rapid Transit’s worth trying a snifter of.|
(Aus.) a publican.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Jan. 1/1: That a Subiaco snifter merchant is [...] relying on his usual neck drought to paralyse his opponents.|
(Aus.) a public house.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Oct. 4/7: You know what a snifter-shop toff is / A bit unaccustomed to courts.|