- a door latch or its lever.
Origin of sneck1
1275–1325; Middle English snek(k); cf. snatch
- a small stone, as a spall, inserted into the spaces between larger pieces of rubble in a wall.
- to fill (spaces between larger stones) with snecks.
Origin of sneck2
1275–1325; Middle English; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for sneck
He put down the sneck with his thumb and pushed in the door and followed.Gilian The Dreamer
Redcowl, redcowl, come if ye daur; Lift the sneck, and draw the bar.The Life of Mansie Wauch
D. M. Moir
The sneck was drawn, and the Countess your mother entered my dwelling.The Antiquary, Complete
Sir Walter Scott
“I didna say it to Mr. Urquhart, the ane that preached second,” Sneck said.The Little Minister
J. M. Barrie
In Thrums the word used is steek, and sneck seemed to the inhabitants so droll and ridiculous that Hobart got the name of Snecky.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
- a small squared stone used in a rubble wall to fill spaces between stones of different height
- dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English the latch or catch of a door or gate
- dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English to fasten (a latch)
C15 snekk, of uncertain origin
- a Scot word for snick
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