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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Definitions for snickersnee

  1. a knife, especially one used as a weapon.

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Citations for snickersnee
The commander of the sloop was hurrying about and giving a world of orders, which were not very strictly attended to; one man being busy in lighting his pipe, and another in sharpening his snicker-snee. Washington Irving, Bracebridge Hall, 1822
Oh, never shall I / Forget the cry, / Or the shriek that shriekèd he, / As I gnashed my teeth, / When from its sheath / I drew my snickersnee! W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, 1885
Origin of snickersnee
Snickersnee is a variant of the earlier snick or snee, which in turn comes from the Dutch steken meaning "to stick" and snijden meaning "to cut."
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