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snicker

[snik-er] /ˈsnɪk ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter with a snicker.
noun
3.
a snickering laugh.
Also, snigger.
Origin of snicker
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; of expressive orig.
Related forms
snickeringly, adverb
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker.
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  • Boche and Bibi-the-Smoker snickered at the nudes, pointing them out to each other and winking.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The clerk laughed, and the bell-boys standing about snickered.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City Ramy Allison White
  • He shook and snickered with anticipation of the glory of it.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • "All right; an' I'll do th' laughing," snickered Hopalong, at the door.

  • Miss Mercy snickered in appreciation of the cleverness of her manœuvre.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • So he flew to Niagara while the Blue-jay snickered and followed to see the fun.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Some people might object to the word, and say that he only “snickered,” or made faces.

    Jarwin and Cuffy R.M. Ballantyne
  • Those of his men who were near enough to hear, snickered and giggled.

    The Airlords of Han Philip Francis Nowlan
British Dictionary definitions for snickered

snicker

/ˈsnɪkə/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
verb
2.
to utter such a laugh Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries) snigger
3.
(of a horse) to whinny
Word Origin
C17: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for snickered

snicker

v.

1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.

snicker

n.

"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).

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