[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. snellen test,
  2. snellen's test types,
  3. sng,
  4. snib,
  5. snick,
  6. snickersnee,
  7. snicket,
  8. snickometer,
  9. snide,
  10. snidely

Also snigger.

Origin of snicker

First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive orig.

Related formssnick·er·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedsneaker snicker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snickering


/ (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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Word Origin and History for snickering
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