[ snik-er ]
See synonyms for: snickersnickeredsnickeringsnickers on

verb (used without object)
  1. to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter with a snicker.

  1. a snickering laugh.

Origin of snicker

First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive origin

Other words from snicker

  • snick·er·ing·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with snicker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use snicker in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snicker


/ (ˈsnɪkə) /

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

  1. to utter such a laugh: Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger

  2. (of a horse) to whinny

Origin of snicker

C17: probably of imitative origin

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