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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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British Dictionary definitions for snickering

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
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Word Origin and History for snickering

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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