WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
snick•er /ˈsnɪkɚ/USA pronunciation  also  snigger /ˈsnɪgɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to laugh quietly but disrespectfully:The children snickered when the teacher turned his back.[+ at + object]They snickered at his attempt to roller-skate.

n. [countable]
  1. a snickering laugh.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
snick•er  (snikər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.

v.t. 
  1. to utter with a snicker.

n. 
  1. a snickering laugh.
Also,  snigger.  snicker•ing•ly, adv. 
  • of expressive origin, originally 1685–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

snicker /ˈsnɪkə/ n
  1. chiefly US Canadian a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
vb
  1. to utter such a laugh
    Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): snigger
  2. (of a horse) to whinny
Etymology: 17th Century: probably of imitative origin



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