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[snik-er] /ˈsnɪk ər/
verb (used without object)
to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
verb (used with object)
to utter with a snicker.
a snickering laugh.
Also, snigger.
Origin of snicker
1685-95; of expressive orig.
Related forms
snickeringly, adverb
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker. Unabridged
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  • The Jonesvillians made sights and sights of fun of him, poked fun at him, and snickered.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • He shook and snickered with anticipation of the glory of it.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • The girl at the desk yawned, and snickered, and went back to her typing with an unpleasant grin.

    Marley's Chain Alan Edward Nourse
  • Miss Mercy snickered in appreciation of the cleverness of her manœuvre.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • Sidling up to a well-dressed man-about-town type, Pembroke winked at him and snickered.

    The Perfectionists Arnold Castle
  • Mrs. Stout snickered, whereupon the others glared at her contemptuously.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
  • A broad grin spread over the boy's face, and Dora snickered.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
  • "I'm bound to take home something, Miss Peggy," snickered Joe.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
British Dictionary definitions for snickered


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



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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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