snigger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snigger laugh quietly
    • n snigger a disrespectful laugh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Snigger See Snicker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snigger A variant of snicker.
    • snigger See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snigger snig′ėr to laugh in a half-suppressed, broken manner
    • n Snigger a half-suppressed laugh
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Quotations

  • Samuel Beckett
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    “How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.”

Usage

In literature:

It was a little bit of a snigger at your boots.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Miss Puff sniggered, and Gildart said he might as well try to startle him with a sneeze.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
I don't like your sniggering.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
At this last thought I sniggered, and Aunt Eliza looked severe.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
And Missus Sniggers and the five children waited.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
With bright beady eyes they glanced shyly at each other, sniggering a little, sniffing and applying coat-sleeves a good deal.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
What, snigger when the good woman's a-dying!
"The Contrast" by Royall Tyler
The lordlings did the greater part of the sniggering.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The shuffle of cards and rattle of chips came with a snigger.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He kind of sniggered in a foolish way at Amaryllis, and touched his hat to Iden.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
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In poetry:

An' Jock he sniggered, an' Jock he smiled,
An' ower the card-brim wunk: —
"I'm a' too fresh fra' the stirrup-peg,
"May be that I am drunk."
"The Fall of Jock Gillespie" by Rudyard Kipling
No other could wake such detestable groans,
With reed and with chaunter - with bag and with drones:
All day and ill night he delighted the chiels
With sniggering pibrochs and jiggety reels.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

WHEN Cory Ocasio and his teammates met Delaware public high school rivals in Math League finals last winter, they heard cruel sniggering from the other sides.
While Fred Durst 's name triggers automatic sniggering, it turns out he's not a God-awful director.
Eight months ago, the international community stifled a snigger when North Korea 's hyped rocket launch ended with a fizzle.
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