snick·​er | \ ˈsni-kər How to pronounce snicker (audio) \
snickered; snickering\ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce snicker (audio) \

Definition of snicker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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



Definition of snicker (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or sound of snickering

Other Words from snicker


snickerer \ ˈsni-​kər-​ər How to pronounce snicker (audio) \ noun
snickery \ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)rē How to pronounce snicker (audio) \ 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 Back in 2012, skeptics used to snicker at the idea that video games were trying to turn into sports to legitimize themselves. Swish Goswami, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The courtroom fills to near-capacity most days, and Depp’s fans tend to murmur and even snicker quietly to themselves when the actor talks back to Rottenborn. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 People tend to snicker when Republicans call themselves members of the party of Lincoln because the current Republican Party is so different from the party that Abraham Lincoln led. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 No opportunity for locals to snicker at teeth-chattering tourists in Bermuda shorts. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2022 One of whom is sleeping with his gorgeous English teacher in a sick, felonious liaison that is treated here merely as a quirky, titillating romance to snicker about, a sort of silly schoolboy crush. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Back when the program stagnated, rival fans indulging in schadenfreude used to snicker and say the Wolverines needed a GPS to find Indianapolis, site of the Big Ten title game. Rainer Sabin, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2021 Well, this story is pretty old-fashioned — something to snicker at, maybe. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 2 Dec. 2021 Lucifer declares Bones the perfect combination of procedure and banter, then scoffs at the idea of guyliner, which makes Chloe (and us) snicker. Sara Netzley,, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That grin is a smirk, a freeze-frame guffaw, and a snicker of contempt all at the same time. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 Mar. 2022 Fortunately, our hero can count on his vorpal blade to go snicker-snack. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2020 This isn’t to shame anyone who enjoys a good snicker at our expense. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2020 The mood of the moment was captured in a single image: A coyly smiling Pelosi clapping sideways at Trump, as if stifling a snicker. Mike Debonis,, 5 Feb. 2020 Some of her comments drew audible snickers from members of the audience. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, 7 Jan. 2020 Dressed in a charcoal suit and white shirt, Musk calmly answered the questions and slipped in an occasional droll remark that drew snickers from jurors and the gallery. NBC News, 4 Dec. 2019 And Kelley kills it, mining deep laughs from what is more than likely a chuckle or snicker in the script. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 24 Aug. 2019 When Sandoval was named the Giants’ recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award last month, the snickers could be heard all the way from New England and throughout the Twitterverse. John Shea,, 16 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of snicker


1694, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snicker


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“Snicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for snicker


snick·​er | \ ˈsni-kər How to pronounce snicker (audio) \
snickered; snickering

Kids Definition of snicker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a small and often mean or sly laugh



Kids Definition of snicker (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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