[ snib ]
/ snɪb /
Chiefly Scot.


a bolt, catch, lock, or fastening on a door or window.
the catch that holds the bolt on a lock.

verb (used with object), snibbed, snib·bing.

to bolt or fasten (a door or window). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snib

  • He afterwards passed a string through the joining of the upper and lower windows, and managed to shut the snib.

    The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
  • Did Sir Reginald ever forget to snib the windows, supposing one happened to be open?

    Simon|J. Storer Clouston
  • As early as 1825 the widow Turnbull kept a tavern at Snib Hollow.

    The Old Pike|Thomas B. Searight

British Dictionary definitions for snib

/ (snɪb) Scot /


the bolt or fastening of a door, window, etc

verb snibs, snibbing or snibbed (tr)

to bolt or fasten (a door)

Word Origin for snib

C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Low German snibbe beak
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