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snicker

[snik-er] /ˈsnɪk ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter with a snicker.
noun
3.
a snickering laugh.
Also, snigger.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; of expressive orig.
Related forms
snickeringly, adverb
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker.
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Examples from the web for snicker
  • Many a snicker greeted this blatant attempt to prefigure and even direct the course of artistic expression.
  • The youngsters in the room may even snicker derisively and wonder if anyone was ever daft enough to believe that.
  • They don't parrot the party line, they snicker at some official's sanitized version, they'll listen to their hosts' ideas.
  • People would snicker behind your back, your scientific career would be ruined, and you wouldn't get tenure.
  • When the makers of this series claim some profound philosophic purpose, the appropriate response is not to sue but to snicker.
  • Let outsiders snicker and make cracks about appealing to a higher power.
  • One might grin or snicker at a question aimed at the other.
  • True, they were last in a seven-team division last year and are last in a five-team division this year, but don't snicker too.
  • As he waited to be summoned by the boss, a small army of clerks gathered to gape and snicker.
  • At one point he even called himself a top-10 player, which made some people snicker.
British Dictionary definitions for snicker

snicker

/ˈsnɪkə/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
verb
2.
to utter such a laugh Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries) snigger
3.
(of a horse) to whinny
Word Origin
C17: probably of imitative origin

snigger

/ˈsnɪɡə/
noun
1.
a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
verb (intransitive)
2.
to utter such a laugh
Word Origin
C18: variant of snicker
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Word Origin and History for snicker
v.

1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.

n.

"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).

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