snib

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

snib (plural snibs)

  1. (Scotland) A latch or fastening for a door, window etc.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 99:
      He did not like me coming in except if I was going to bed. I heard him saying to my maw about a snib for the door.
  2. (obsolete) A reprimand; a snub.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marston to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

snib (third-person singular simple present snibs, present participle snibbing, simple past and past participle snibbed)

  1. (Scotland) To latch (a door, window etc.).
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four, VI:
      ‘Window is snibbed on the inner side. Frame-work is solid. No hinges at the side. Let us open it.’

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