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[snik] /snɪk/
verb (used with object)
to cut, snip, or nick.
to strike sharply:
He snicked the ball with his cue.
to snap or click (a gun, trigger, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to click.
a small cut; nick.
a click.
  1. a glancing blow given to the ball.
  2. the ball so hit.
Origin of snick
1550-60; origin uncertain; compare Scots sneck to cut (off), Old Norse snikka to whittle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snick
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  • One straight incision, one snick of a tendon, and it was all over without a stain on the white towel which lay beneath.

  • Is this something you dreamed, snick,” says I, “or is it a sample of your megaphone talk?

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
  • One straight insertion, one snick of a tendon, and it was all over without a stain upon the white towel which lay beneath.

    The Man from Archangel A. Conan Doyle
  • The stranger bent over him; then the deft “snick” of a sharp knife.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • The pencil had done its work, and the snick of the shears announced the final stage.

    John Thorndyke's Cases R. Austin Freeman
  • The snick of the key came next and they came into the hallway.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • Why, he would make two of snick, this Hermy would, and he has a pair of shoulders like a truck horse.

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
  • I heard the snick of the whips somewhere in the dust, and the fillies came back at a canter, very shocked and indignant.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • A good drive at golf is quite as fine a thing to look at as a snick to the boundary on the cricket field.

  • "snick up," according to Mr. Collier, is said to be "a term of contempt," of which the precise meaning seems to have been lost.

British Dictionary definitions for snick


a small cut; notch
a knot in thread, etc
  1. a glancing blow off the edge of the bat
  2. the ball so hit
verb (transitive)
to cut a small corner or notch in (material, etc)
(cricket) to hit (the ball) with a snick
Word Origin
C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snikka to whittle, Swedish snicka
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snick

1962, American English, from common pronunciation of SNCC, initialism for "Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee," black civil rights organization.


"cut, clip, snip," c.1700, back-formation from snickersnee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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