\ 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
\ 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
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of snib (Entry 4 of 4)

dialectal, British
: a door fastening : bolt, catch

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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