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verb (used without object)
  1. to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter with a snicker.
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  1. a snickering laugh.
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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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Related Words for snickered

sneer, smirk, chortle, chuckle, giggle, knock, guffaw, snigger, titter, mock, hee-haw, sniggle

Examples from the Web for snickered

Contemporary Examples of snickered

Historical Examples of snickered

  • Boche and Bibi-the-Smoker snickered at the nudes, pointing them out to each other and winking.


    Emile Zola

  • The clerk laughed, and the bell-boys standing about snickered.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City

    Ramy Allison White

  • He shook and snickered with anticipation of the glory of it.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • "All right; an' I'll do th' laughing," snickered Hopalong, at the door.

  • Miss Mercy snickered in appreciation of the cleverness of her manœuvre.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

British Dictionary definitions for snickered


  1. mainly US and Canadian a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
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  1. to utter such a laughEquivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger
  2. (of a horse) to whinny
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Word Origin for snicker

C17: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for snickered



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

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

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