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

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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 Watching Logan's colleagues snicker at those who aren't speaking English awakens a deep anger. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'There's always joy within the pain': Steve McQueen on 'Mangrove' and Black Lives Matter movement," 18 Nov. 2020 The disease can be chronic (the pain goes away but may return at will) and excruciating (if not fatal), yet say its name — gout — and people snicker. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020 The camera still rolls, recording not the jazz musicians but the white auteur threatening his Black worker, while the musicians snicker at the scene from upstage. Sarah Cowan, The New York Review of Books, "The Complicated Camera of Filmmaker Shirley Clarke," 10 Oct. 2020 But no: even when a kitchen scene has Chris wrapping his arms around Ry to show her how to chop something, the chaste movie refuses to pay off on the Ghost-passion-vibes causing older viewers to snicker. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Endless': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2020 Some may privately snicker, or answer your question in English. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: New husband concerned with wife’s on-going meetups with male friend," 31 May 2020 Some may privately snicker, or answer your question in English. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Husband worries about wife’s male friendship," 31 May 2020 A few of our classmates in the front row hear him and snicker., "First look: YA powerhouse Marissa Meyer returns with debut rom-com 'Instant Karma'," 27 Apr. 2020 Bold, snicker-out-loud funny, magnetic and unsettling through its power-struggle convolutions, this production musically and dramatically fills the company’s looming proscenium. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Met Opera Is Handel’s House in ‘Agrippina’," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fortunately, our hero can count on his vorpal blade to go snicker-snack. Washington Post, "Can’t get enough Game of Thrones or Star Wars? New editions on cult favorites are here to satisfy.," 6 Oct. 2020 This isn’t to shame anyone who enjoys a good snicker at our expense. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "We hear your giggles, but we're still calling them Pocket Rockets," 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,, "Pelosi rips up Trump’s speech, capping off chaotic year," 5 Feb. 2020 Some of her comments drew audible snickers from members of the audience. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Apple returns to CES to talk privacy, not products," 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, "Elon Musk says 'pedo guy' tweet wasn't meant to be taken literally," 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,, "Review: 5 things to know about ‘Pray The Gay Away'," 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,, "Giants’ Pablo Sandoval plays high-stakes game with Boston money," 16 Aug. 2019 Either way, the gesture by the 78-year-old actress drew snickers from the audience. Don Aucoin,, "This was no happy homecoming for Faye Dunaway. Instead it was a demolition.," 26 July 2019

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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 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snicker

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


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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