snigger

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British variant pronunciation and spelling of snicker. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

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snigger (plural sniggers)

  1. A partly suppressed or broken laugh.
  2. A sly or snide laugh.

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snigger (third-person singular simple present sniggers, present participle sniggering, simple past and past participle sniggered)

  1. (intransitive) To emit a snigger.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, page 22,
      [] presently the Mole's spirits revived again, and he was even able to give some straight back-talk to a couple of moorhens who were sniggering to each other about his bedraggled appearance.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, The Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Peter, after the manner of man at the breakfast table, had allowed half his kedgeree to get cold and was sniggering over a letter. Sophia looked at him sharply. The only letter she had received was from her mother. Sophia's mother was not a humourist.

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