snigger

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verb

snig·​ger ˈsni-gər How to pronounce snigger (audio)
sniggered; sniggering ˈsni-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce snigger (audio)
sniggerer noun

snigger

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noun

Examples of snigger in a Sentence

Verb we sniggered as the actor kept forgetting his lines Noun a love scene that unintentionally drew sniggers from the audience
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Dour officials from the Department of Homeland Security who spotted his posts saw nothing to snigger about. The Economist, 8 June 2019 Then early this week the list came out, and sniggering ensued—on both sides of the Atlantic. The Economist, 3 Feb. 2018
Noun
This offbeat comedy, which originally ran from 2007-10, thrives on less explicit social tensions: sniggers behind the back and raised eyebrows at the dinner table. The Economist, 26 Dec. 2019 Most football fans allowed themselves a brief snigger when Florentino Perez suggested that Real Madrid had tried to sign Lionel Messi many moons ago. SI.com, 9 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

by alteration

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snigger was circa 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Snigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snigger. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

snigger

verb
snig·​ger
ˈsnig-ər
sniggered; sniggering
-(ə-)riŋ
snigger noun

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