snicker

[snik-er]
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:
1685–95; of expressive orig.

snickeringly, adverb

sneaker, snicker.
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snicker (ˈsnɪkə)
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
 
vb
2.  Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger to utter such a laugh
3.  (of a horse) to whinny
 
[C17: probably of imitative origin]

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snicker
1694, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Du. snikken "to gasp, sob." The noun is first recorded 1836, from the verb.
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Example sentences
The poor kids in that room suffered with the stench for days, while the trickster and his friends snickered amongst them selves.
We took turns posing with the bear, and snickered to ourselves when others posed with the bear.
He first came up with the idea more than seven years ago but some colleagues snickered at the idea.
The employee snickered, tore up the notice and threw it back into the manager's lap.
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