Snicker Snick"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snickered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snickering}.] [Cf. D. snikken to sob, to sigh.] [Written also {snigger}.] 1. To laugh slyly; to laugh in one's sleeve. [1913 Webster]

2. To laugh with audible catches of voice, as when persons attempt to suppress loud laughter. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Snicker — Snick er, n. A half suppressed, broken laugh. [Written also {snigger}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • snicker — snick|er [ˈsnıkə US ər] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] [i]AmE to laugh quietly and in a way that is not nice at something which is not supposed to be funny British Equivalent: sniggersnicker at ▪ The other students snickered at Steve …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • snicker — [[t]snɪ̱kə(r)[/t]] snickers, snickering, snickered VERB If you snicker, you laugh quietly in a disrespectful way, for example at something rude or embarrassing. [V at n] We all snickered at Mrs. Swenson. [Also V] Syn: snigger N COUNT Snicker is… …   English dictionary

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