snicker

[snik-er]

verb (used without object)

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

verb (used with object)

to utter with a snicker.

noun

a snickering laugh.

Also snigger.

Origin of snicker

First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive orig.
Related formssnick·er·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedsneaker snicker
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snicker

noun

mainly US and Canadian a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled

verb

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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Word Origin and History for snicker
v.

1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.

n.

"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).

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