[ snik-er ]
/ ˈsnɪk ər /

verb (used without object)

to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.

verb (used with object)

to utter with a snicker.


a snickering laugh.
Also snigger.

Origin of snicker

First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive orig.

Related forms

snick·er·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

sneaker snicker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snicker

British Dictionary definitions for snicker


/ (ˈsnɪkə) /


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 for snicker

C17: probably of imitative origin
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