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[snek] /snɛk/
noun, Scot. and North England.
a door latch or its lever.
Origin of sneck1
1275-1325; Middle English snek(k); cf. snatch


[snek] /snɛk/ Masonry.
a small stone, as a spall, inserted into the spaces between larger pieces of rubble in a wall.
verb (used with object)
to fill (spaces between larger stones) with snecks.
1275-1325; Middle English; origin uncertain
Related forms
snecker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sneck
Historical Examples
  • He put down the sneck with his thumb and pushed in the door and followed.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Redcowl, redcowl, come if ye daur; Lift the sneck, and draw the bar.

  • 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
  • These quotations will clearly show that "sneck" or "snick" applies to a door; and that to sneck a door is to shut it.

  • The “sneck” of the door caught the handle of the tray, and down went china, waiting-maid, and all!

  • One of the sisters put a finger below the sneck and did as she was told, to let out the dead one's ghost.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • For a little Black Murdo's finger hung on the sneck, and when he heard a sound he pushed in the door.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • A cry caught Murdo's ear against the wattles, and he drove in the door with his shoulder, heeding no sneck nor bar.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for sneck


a small squared stone used in a rubble wall to fill spaces between stones of different height
(dialect, mainly Scot & Northern English) the latch or catch of a door or gate
(dialect, mainly Scot & Northern English) to fasten (a latch)
Word Origin
C15 snekk, of uncertain origin


noun, verb
a Scot word for snick
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