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snigger

Syllabification: snig·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈsniɡər
 
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Definition of snigger in English:

noun

A smothered or half-suppressed laugh.
Example sentences
  • This version is puerile, including jokes that could hardly have raised a snigger when first heard and turns of speech abandoned for over a generation.
  • Having been a dedicated smoker for many years now, I was headed downstairs for a cigarette, when I heard quiet sniggers in the stairwell.
  • The other girls on the team just stare at me, while I hear a deep snigger somewhere in the background.

verb

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Give a smothered or half-suppressed laugh: the boys at school were sure to snigger at him behind his back [with direct speech]: “Doesn’t he look like a fool?” they sniggered
More example sentences
  • Felicity took one look at old Mrs. Briney and burst out laughing, sniggering and pointing at her.
  • His friends sniggered with disbelief when he said was no longer using any drugs at all.
  • So I turned around to see all of Conners friends pointing and sniggering at me.

Origin

early 18th century: later variant of snicker.

Derivatives

sniggerer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • We are great spontaneous sniggerers and we can do it in unison without any prompting from one another.
  • I'll have you sniggerers know that as well as being a churchgoer, this chap was a very good rugby player.
  • A snorter is a snob expressing their disapproval, while a sniggerer is insensitive, unsympathetic and immature.

sniggeringly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • The vision of sexuality is sniggeringly salacious, redolent with fantasies of male power and female submission.
  • Those involved in racketeering, corruption and bribery should not be lionised, praised or sniggeringly regarded.
  • The narratorial presence sniggeringly indicates that the reader might be allowed to rewrite and reformulate the poem.

Words that rhyme with snigger

chigger, configure, digger, figure, Frigga, jigger, ligger, rigger, rigor, rigour, swigger, transfigure, trigger, vigour (US vigor)

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