1 of 4

verb (1)

snicked; snicking; snicks

transitive verb

archaic : to cut through
: to cut slightly

intransitive verb

: to perform a light cutting action


2 of 4

noun (1)

: a small cut : nick


3 of 4

verb (2)

snicked; snicking; snicks
: click


4 of 4

noun (2)

: a slight often metallic sound : click

Examples of snick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Its interior is almost luxurious for a vehicle in the mountain-goat division, its gearbox snicks with Japanese precision, and its stately coachwork can get by, more or less, in polite society. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 1 July 2023 Silence held for a few minutes, unbroken except for the snick of Didi’s scissors and the rattle of Adele’s beads. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2020
We were rewarded with a gearbox that delivers pure pleasure, snicking gears up, down, and sideways, and were reminded of the reason people actually might want to drive a car. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 May 2023

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Word History


Verb (1)

probably from obsolete snick or snee to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting — more at snickersnee

Verb (2)


First Known Use

Verb (1)

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snick was circa 1700

Dictionary Entries Near snick

Cite this Entry

“Snick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to make or cause to make a snick


2 of 2 noun
: a slight often metallic sound : click
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