\ ˈsnib \
variants: or less commonly sneb \ ˈsneb \
snibbed; snibbed; snibbing; snibs

Definition of snib

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 dialectal, British : check, restrain
2 dialectal, British : rebuke, snub
3 dialectal, British : to put an end to : cut short


noun (1)
\ ˈsnib \
plural -s

Definition of snib (Entry 2 of 4)

chiefly Scottish
\ " \
snibbed; snibbed; snibbing; snibs

Definition of snib (Entry 3 of 4)

: fasten, bolt, bar snibbed the door— J. M. Barrie


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of snib (Entry 4 of 4)

dialectal, British
: a door fastening : bolt, catch

History and Etymology for snib

Transitive verb (1)

Middle English snibben, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to obsolete Danish snibbe to scold, rebuke, obsolete Swedish snybba, Old Norse snubba

Noun (1)

Middle English snybb, from snibben, verb

Transitive verb (2)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Snib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snib. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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