- to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
- to utter with a snicker.
- a snickering laugh.
Origin of snicker
Related Wordssneer, smirk, chortle, chuckle, giggle, knock, guffaw, snigger, titter, mock, hee-haw, sniggle
Examples from the Web for snicker
The attitude of the local colleagues at first puzzled us, and then made us snicker in a superior way.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Each time I tried to begin a story, each time I said the word “gay” or “lesbian” or “transgender,” the gendarmes began to snicker.Processing the Murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe
July 17, 2013
“It sounds horrible,” Hef says on the phone from the Mansion in Los Angeles, punctuating his sarcasm with a snicker.Getting a Rise Out of Hef
January 4, 2011
I looked at Sol, on the seat next to me; I thought I had heard him snicker.The Day of the Boomer Dukes
They snicker at my graftin', and I laugh in my sleeve, I guess, at their penetration.'
"You've made a mistake," he told old Mr. Crow with a snicker.The Tale of Ferdinand Frog
Arthur Scott Bailey
But his snicker was palpably an assumption of unconcern he did not possess.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The sound of a snicker behind him brought a scowl to Jack's face.The Huntress
- mainly US and Canadian a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
- to utter such a laughEquivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger
- (of a horse) to whinny
Word Origin and History for snicker
1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.
"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).