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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a door latch or its lever.
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Origin of sneck1

1275–1325; Middle English snek(k); cf. snatch


  1. a small stone, as a spall, inserted into the spaces between larger pieces of rubble in a wall.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill (spaces between larger stones) with snecks.
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Origin of sneck2

1275–1325; Middle English; origin uncertain
Related formssneck·er, noun
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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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sneck


  1. a small squared stone used in a rubble wall to fill spaces between stones of different height
  2. dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English the latch or catch of a door or gate
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  1. dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English to fasten (a latch)
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Word Origin

C15 snekk, of uncertain origin


noun, verb
  1. a Scot word for snick
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