[ snik-er-snee ]
/ ˈsnɪk ərˌsni /


a knife, especially one used as a weapon.

Origin of snickersnee

1690–1700; variant (by alliterative assimilation) of earlier stick or snee to thrust or cut < Dutch steken to stick2 + snij(d)en to cut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for snickersnee


/ (ˈsnɪkəˌsniː) /

noun archaic

a knife for cutting or thrusting
a fight with knives

Word Origin for snickersnee

C17 stick or snee, from Dutch steken to stick ² + snijen to cut
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Word Origin and History for snickersnee



1690s, originally "fight with knives," from snick-or-snee (1610s), from Dutch steken "to thrust, stick" + snijden "to cut" (cf. German schneiden; see schnitzel).

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