snicker

[ 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.

noun

a snickering laugh.

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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

sneaker, snicker
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British Dictionary definitions for snicker

snicker
/ (ˈsnɪkə) /

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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