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


he snickered at the puzzled look on her face


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That billion $$$ mark is something that Jay-Z might secretly be snickering about. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Jay-Z’s diversified portfolio makes him hip-hop’s first billionaire, according to Forbes," 3 June 2019 Her small-minded neighbors and classmates snicker behind her back about how her father has undoubtedly left her mother and how her preternaturally wise baby brother Charles Wallace is clearly a moron. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 That reality seems easy to snicker at now, but just this week a futuristic-feeling consumer product launched for $2,300 (viability there remains TBD). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed," 12 Aug. 2018 Our truly fearless leader's criticism of the almost snickering pomposity in Europe and the UN is long overdue. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Behind Trump, his very white, very male gang of aids snickered and smiled, as though egging him on. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "In His Latest Bout With the Press, Donald Trump Outdoes Even His Usual Outrageous Displays of Misogyny," 1 Oct. 2018 Others snickered over the test’s seemingly straightforward components, such as asking test takers to correctly draw times on a clock and identify animals. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "News of Trump passing cognitive test may make it harder to detect dementia," 16 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 To forgo the negligibly time-consuming step of selecting a new outfit every day, Mr. Mayer is willing to subject himself to snickers from his family and shivers down his arms. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What’s Up With Men Who Don’t Wear Coats in Winter?," 8 Jan. 2019 When the new features were announced, there were audible snickers in the room. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "LG G8 hands-on: Could the future of smartphones be in the palm of my hand?," 24 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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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