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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.).
verb (used without object)
  1. to click.
  1. a small cut; nick.
  2. a click.
  3. Cricket.
    1. a glancing blow given to the ball.
    2. the ball so hit.

Origin of snick

1550–60; origin uncertain; compare Scots sneck to cut (off), Old Norse snikka to whittle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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
verb (tr)
  1. to cut a small corner or notch in (material, etc)
  2. cricket to hit (the ball) with a snick

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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper