snicker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snicker laugh quietly
    • n snicker a disrespectful laugh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name "Snickers" for the popular candy bar was named after a horse that the Mars family owned
    • n Snicker A half suppressed, broken laugh.
    • Snicker To laugh slyly; to laugh in one's sleeve.
    • Snicker To laugh with audible catches of voice, as when persons attempt to suppress loud laughter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most popular treat for Halloween trick-or-treaters are candy bars with Snickers being the most popular
    • snicker To laugh in a half-suppressed or foolish manner; giggle.
    • snicker To say in a giggling manner.
    • snicker Also snigger.
    • n snicker A halfsuppressed laugh; a giggle. Also snigger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Snickers chocolate bar was invented in 1930
    • v.i Snicker snik′ėr to laugh, to giggle in a half-suppressed way
    • v.t Snicker to say gigglingly
    • n Snicker a giggle, a half-smothered laugh
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. snikken, to sob, to sigh

Usage

In literature:

They spoke low, watching sheepishly whether any one was listening, and snickering suppressedly together.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Having advanced to Snicker's Gap in the Blue Ridge, a strong Rebel picket-post was captured by our vanguard.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
I care not whether he laughs with me or for me, as long as they's a snicker in there somewheres.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
I've telled yer so, Clo, fifty times," shrieked the yellow maiden; "'tain't no wonder yer snickered, Dolf; borrered feathers!
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
One of the men snickered, and Judd smiled at the sound.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
McKay and Lourenco snickered.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
The old gentleman snickered but forebore to add more fuel to the fire.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
Boston seemed to think that was funny, and took to snickering sort of superior.
"Santa Fé's Partner" by Thomas A. Janvier
The snicker had gone from his face before she returned, marriage certificate in hand, and held it before his eyes.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The two children farther down the table snickered.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
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In poetry:

Why is there always a secret singing
When a lawyer cashes in?
Why does a hearse horse snicker
Hauling a lawyer away?
"The Lawyers Know Too Much" by Carl Sandburg
With a yell that awoke Limehouse
Wun Lung drew his snicker snee
He stabbed Wong-Wong in her em-bong-bong
And sliced Pi Kan¹s vertebrae.
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett
Hither our neighbors nimbly fare,—
The boys agog, the maidens snickering;
And savory smells possess the air
As skyward kitchen flames are flickering.
"Horace To Phyllis" by Eugene Field
When he done like that, as he oft times did,
We winked at each other and smole,
And we snickered in glee and we says, says we
"Ain`t that like the dear old soul!"
"Captain Pink of the Peppermint" by Wallace Irwin
Oh, it's wrinkled and torn, and it never looks new—
In the town it would stir up a snicker—
But the style can go hang—it's a friend tied and true,
is the cowpuncher's old yaller slicker.
"The Old Yaller Slicker" by Arthur Chapman
They's music in the twitter of the bluebird and the jay,
And that sassy little critter jes' a-peckin' all the day;
They's music in the "flicker," and they's music in the thrush,
And they's music in the snicker o' the chipmunk in the brush!
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

All three are 0-6 and two are from the Mid-American Conference, which should trigger some snickering from Marshall fandom.
Why are you snickering .
And the damn dog is still scratching: and then you feel a power nap coming on but you fight it because you know that right now, someone, somewhere, is snickering .
Remember that hilarious Snickers commercial from about fifteen years ago where the guy painting the end zone in Kansas City forgets the 'i' and spells out 'CHEFS' instead of 'CHIEFS.
Connie Bostardi of Hubbard snapped this photo of Snickers sunning herself next to the mums.
A lot of you are getting ready to settle into a monster movie marathon and a bag of Snickers miniatures.
Ready to say goodbye to a sliver of your Snickers.
Nothing was said, but my brother kept snickering and giggling and staring at Dub 's face.
Anybody with half a Snickers bar knows that.
Cher Lloyd 's Snickers treat tweet paves the way for rest of us.
New Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites are "a convenient and easier-to-eat format," Mars Chocolate said.
And Snickers candy bars are a way to satisfy hunger between meals.
I-69 doesn't even get a snicker.
Snickers is following up its Betty White-Abe Vigoda Super Bowl victory with another celebrity duo representing the Mars brand's new tagline, You.
Let wine snobs snicker when they hear you spent a weekend at a vineyard in Temecula.
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