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snib Line breaks: snib
chiefly Scottish & Irish

Definition of snib in English:


1A lock, latch, or fastening for a door or window.
Example sentences
  • No, he entered my home, and once you're in the snib locks, and bad things do happen.
1.1The small catch on a Yale lock which holds the bolt in or out.

verb (snibs, snibbing, snibbed)

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Bolt, fasten, or lock (a door): he snibbed the door and leaned against it, panting
More example sentences
  • I crept into the shared bathroom, snibbed the doors and tried to make as little noise as possible while showering.
  • It's only ever happened once, and that was only because a visitor snibbed a lock that wasn't meant to be snibbed.
  • Doors were never locked, nor windows ever snibbed and I cannot remember any house being burgled.


Early 19th century: perhaps from Low German snibbe 'beak-like point'.

Words that rhyme with snib

bib, crib, dib, fib, glib, jib, lib, nib, rib, sib, squib
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