snick·​er·​snee ˈsni-kər-ˌsnē How to pronounce snickersnee (audio)
: a large knife

Word History


obsolete snick or snee to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting, alteration of earlier steake or snye, from Dutch steken of snijden to thrust or cut

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snickersnee was circa 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Snickersnee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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