Definition of snick in English:

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Pronunciation: /snik/


[with object]
1Cut a small notch or incision in (something): the stem can be carefully snicked to allow the bud to swell
2Cause (something) to make a sharp clicking sound: [with object and complement]: he placed the pen in the briefcase and snicked it shut
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  • The door snicked closed behind her with an awful finality.
  • Carried thusly, they may be snicked off the belt clip in a heartbeat for use as a hand-held light, or instantly attached to a pistol.
  • However, old salts may at first find themselves trying in vain to snick the safety on before holstering.
2.1 [no object] Make a sharp clicking sound: the bolt snicked into place
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  • The safety snicked off, the only sound in the universe.
  • It snicks on and off with a crisp snap, not too stiff, not too easy, just right.
  • The blade snicks into place with all the precision found in a Swiss watch - and bank vault.


1A small notch or cut: he had several shaving snicks
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  • It needs only a few snicks with a knife and a touch of green paint to convert a piece of dry mahogany bark into an ornamental fish, complete with the scales and tail-fin.
2A sharp click: he heard the snick of the latch
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  • The person inside reached up to release the seal ring on the neck of the pressure suit and with a sharp snick, the helmet came loose.
  • The right thumb notched the spur back with the oily snick and click from a different century.
  • She heard a labored snick and felt the brick move under her hand.


Late 17th century: probably from obsolete snick or snee 'fight with knives'.

Words that rhyme with snick

artic, brick, chick, click, crick, flick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick

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