snicker

verb
snick·​er | \ˈsni-kər \
snickered; snickering\ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of snicker 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to laugh in a covert or partly suppressed manner : titter

snicker

noun

Definition of snicker (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or sound of snickering

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Other Words from snicker

Verb

snickerer \ ˈsni-​kər-​ər \ noun
snickery \ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)rē \ adjective

Examples of snicker in a Sentence

Verb

he snickered at the puzzled look on her face

Noun

a snicker of derision when we heard their offer on the house

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Had his agent asked for one, the Sixers would have snickered at the audacity of such a request. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "The Sixers worked out the best player at his position in college hoops. Did anyone care? | Mike Sielski," 19 June 2018 As the rest of the men snickered behind their pillows and drinks, this male model was having none of it, unleashing on Ravtiz a speech that will go down in Bachelorette history. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Jordan Kimball's Incredibly Stirring Modeling Speech On The Bachelorette, Annotated," 12 June 2018 Still, in his hometown Kelly was in a protective dome, continuing to sell out shows and music while listeners gossiped and snickered in office breakrooms and over lunch. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star," 23 May 2018 Where trolls wear their snickering misdemeanors on their sleeve, a subtweeter has deniability. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Donald Trump and the Golden Age of Subtweeting," 4 May 2018 The ones who laugh and snicker are the ones that failed. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Kiss singer Paul Stanley misses his groupie days: 'It was an amazing, amazing part of my life'," 25 Apr. 2018 And so the president is probably snickering at the whole thing. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway on how Comey memos vindicate Trump," 22 Apr. 2018 Visitors have long snickered at the name on the Beacon Street entrance. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "A lawmaker said the State House’s General Hooker sign is ‘tone deaf.’ Social media responded," 15 Mar. 2018 During the early part of Beilein's tenure at U-M, plenty snickered about the head coach's fondness of playing small in an effort to spread people out and attack. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "John Beilein's system big winner in Michigan basketball's NCAA run," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mention a waterbed in a group of people over 50 and watch everyone snicker. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "The waterbed is making a comeback. No, really.," 7 June 2018 The snicker-snack of addiction is inside consumerism, and inside the version of human relations that is determined by consumerism. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Wisdom of Russell Brand," 10 June 2018 This routine had drawn snickers behind his back from some colleagues. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 White House sources said the joke at first elicited some nervous snickers. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump says no Iran deal 2.0 at North Korea summit; President to take on drug prices," 11 May 2018 But instead of cringing at the endless jokes and snickers — at the double-takes and disbelieving restaurant hostesses — the handful of descendants named after the famed Bostonian have openly embraced it. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "For the other Paul Reveres, every day is Patriots Day," 10 May 2018 Kulick and teammates produced a flawless outing in the field, and let out a snicker or two after Delgado sent Mustang hitters back to the dugout shaking their heads in embarrassment. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard baseball hands Marriotts Ridge first loss," 7 Apr. 2018 This, too, drew online snickers from the peanut gallery and was still was getting callbacks days later. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Here’s how to use Kalanickspeak at your next jam sesh, bro," 10 Feb. 2018 The same boys who’d sneer and snicker should they be forced to take my hand during music class chose me first to be on their teams in P.E. class. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "I Stopped Working Out to Lose Weight—and Feel Happier Than Ever," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of snicker

Verb

1694, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snicker

Verb

origin unknown

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snicker

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snicker

: to make a short, quiet laugh in a way that shows disrespect

snicker

verb
snick·​er | \ˈsni-kər \
snickered; snickering

Kids Definition of snicker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a small and often mean or sly laugh

snicker

noun

Kids Definition of snicker (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or sound of laughing in a mean or sly way

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