snib

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transitive verb (1)

ˈsnib
variants or less commonly sneb
ˈsneb
snibbed; snibbed; snibbing; snibs
1
dialectal, British : check, restrain
2
dialectal, British : rebuke, snub
3
dialectal, British : to put an end to : cut short

snib

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noun (1)

ˈsnib
plural -s
chiefly Scottish

snib

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transitive verb (2)

"
snibbed; snibbed; snibbing; snibs
Scottish
: fasten, bolt, bar
snibbed the doorJ. M. Barrie

snib

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noun (2)

"
plural -s
dialectal, British
: a door fastening : bolt, catch

Word History

Etymology

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 4 Mar. 2024.

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