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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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