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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut, snip, or nick.
  2. to strike sharply: He snicked the ball with his cue.
  3. to snap or click (a gun, trigger, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to click.
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  1. a small cut; nick.
  2. a click.
  3. Cricket.
    1. a glancing blow given to the ball.
    2. the ball so hit.
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Origin of snick

1550–60; origin uncertain; compare Scots sneck to cut (off), Old Norse snikka to whittle
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Related Words for snick

splinter, chop, nick, crack, hack, whack, gash, slice, crumble, clip, fragment, split, chisel, damage, flake, incise, break, shape, hew, whittle

Examples from the Web for snick

Historical Examples of snick

  • Is this something you dreamed, Snick,” says I, “or is it a sample of your megaphone talk?

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford

  • The stranger bent over him; then the deft “snick” of a sharp knife.

  • The snick of the key came next and they came into the hallway.

    The Fourth R

    George Oliver Smith

  • I heard the snick of the whips somewhere in the dust, and the fillies came back at a canter, very shocked and indignant.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • A good drive at golf is quite as fine a thing to look at as a snick to the boundary on the cricket field.

British Dictionary definitions for snick


  1. a small cut; notch
  2. a knot in thread, etc
  3. cricket
    1. a glancing blow off the edge of the bat
    2. the ball so hit
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verb (tr)
  1. to cut a small corner or notch in (material, etc)
  2. cricket to hit (the ball) with a snick
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Word Origin for snick

C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snikka to whittle, Swedish snicka
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snick


1962, American English, from common pronunciation of SNCC, initialism for "Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee," black civil rights organization.

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"cut, clip, snip," c.1700, back-formation from snickersnee.

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