snick·​er | \ ˈsni-kər How to pronounce snicker (audio) \
snickered; snickering\ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce snickering (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 snickerer (audio) \ noun
snickery \ ˈsni-​k(ə-​)rē How to pronounce snickery (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 People snicker at an Asian guy named Phuc—isn’t that genius?—and Fletcher even tries out his old-school impersonation of Oriental speech. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Gentlemen” Is a Nasty Piece of Work," 24 Jan. 2020 With its boxy design, the three-row Flex drew a devoted following while provoking snickering from people who disliked the vehicle's unusual shape. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These 9 cars will be killed in 2020: Chevrolet, Ford, Fiat vehicles are saying goodbye," 19 Dec. 2019 Her game was a universe unto itself, expanding ever outwards and snickering cosmically at anything that might cross its path. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Njinga," 4 Oct. 2019 The play snickers at the pieties of not-for-profit theater, at the failings and flailing of the theater community around issues of racial difference and art. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "In “The Thanksgiving Play,” cultural correctness, “enlightened white allies” and the perils of being “woke”," 19 Nov. 2019 But the rest of the world snickered at the idea of blood running in the streets of Zurich. Stephen Mihmbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Switzerland pioneered negative rates in the 1970s. It got very ugly," 22 Aug. 2019 And for those snickering at Alabama’s schedule, Clemson’s toughest ACC games are vs. Florida State, at Syracuse and … at N.C. State? Christopher Smith, al, "5 things that should scare Alabama fans, futures bettors in 2019," 15 Aug. 2019 But while the Big 12 bristles, everyone else snickers. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If it wants to take next step, Big 12 needs to win in the College Football Playoff," 12 May 2019 Tom Hanks son, Colin Hanks, made us snicker with his one-of-a-kind tribute. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Star dads celebrate Father's Day: Prince Harry, Steph Curry, Andy Cohen, Tom Hanks, more," 16 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 And then came the laugh, a snicker that would enter the annals of N.B.A. history as one of the most awkward moments ever witnessed at a basketball event. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019 But at least WarnerMedia got that Friends thing sorted out (not said with a snicker), as the franchise will return for the 2020 non-beta launch of HBO Max. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tim Goodman: What If WarnerMedia Got a Redo on the HBO Max Reveal?," 15 July 2019 But then there’s the mean and insensitive snicker, Disrespectful and low on civility. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Bette Midler Looks Back on Her Autobiographical, Fantastical Children’s Book, “The Saga of Baby Divine”," 25 June 2019 What’s worth celebrating in the snickers out of Idaho?, "The death rattle of the Oregon Republican Party: Steve Duin," 25 June 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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