verb (used with or without object), noun

Related formssnig·ger·er, nounsnig·ger·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for snigger


US and Canadian snicker (ˈsnɪkə)


a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled

verb (intr)

to utter such a laugh

Word Origin for snigger

C18: variant of snicker
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Word Origin and History for snigger

1706, variant form of snicker (v.). Related: Sniggered; sniggering. As a noun from 1823.

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