- to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
- to utter with a snicker.
- a snickering laugh.
Origin of snicker
Examples from the Web for snickering
Because they knew even as they succeeded in hogging the spotlight people were snickering at them.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
Snickering in a tiny pink t-shirt, Sky pipes in: “You forgot something.”Meet the Pint-Sized Pro Golfers of Netflix’s ‘The Short Game’
December 12, 2013
The only malevolent presence in the house that night was a gang of snickering boys and one put-upon girlfriend.A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
Rather, breaths all around me were wasted on rounds of hushed laughs and snickering.My Strange Passage From Suspected School Shooter to Prom Queen
January 28, 2013
The friendship had evidently been the subject of some skepticism, and snickering, backstage.Oprah Disses a Civil-Rights Icon
October 28, 2011
He isn't going to teach you the sort of lesson you've been snickering about.The Tale of Grunty Pig
Arthur Scott Bailey
There were three other newsmen at the bar, and they gave him snickering greetings.The Delegate from Venus
If you are not harboring evil thoughts, why are you snickering?A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
And all the while there was continuous laughing and snickering, as if it was great fun.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
Youll know after youve seen him, returned Jerry, snickering.Marjorie Dean, College Senior
- 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 snickering
1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.
"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).