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[snib]Chiefly Scot.
  1. a bolt, catch, lock, or fastening on a door or window.
  2. the catch that holds the bolt on a lock.
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verb (used with object), snibbed, snib·bing.
  1. to bolt or fasten (a door or window).
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Examples from the Web for snib

Historical Examples

  • Did Sir Reginald ever forget to snib the windows, supposing one happened to be open?


    J. Storer Clouston

  • As early as 1825 the widow Turnbull kept a tavern at Snib Hollow.

    The Old Pike

    Thomas B. Searight

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for snib


  1. the bolt or fastening of a door, window, etc
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verb snibs, snibbing or snibbed (tr)
  1. to bolt or fasten (a door)
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Word Origin

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