Definition of snigger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsniɡər/


[no object]
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.


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.



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.


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.


Early 18th century: later variant of snicker.

Words that rhyme with snigger

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

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Syllabification: snig·ger

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