- to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
- to utter with a snicker.
- a snickering laugh.
Origin of snicker
First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive orig.
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Examples from the Web for snickered
Boche and Bibi-the-Smoker snickered at the nudes, pointing them out to each other and winking.L'Assommoir
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
"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
- mainly US and Canadian a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
- to utter such a laughEquivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger
- (of a horse) to whinny
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.).
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