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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Word Origin & History

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
Certainly everyone seemed jolly enough, despite the snickering pedestrians.
Eagles make several distinct sounds, ranging from a harsh cry to a low
  snickering call.
Let's take that snickering and snarling over national parks.
There was a little snickering regarding a comment about this earlier.
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